AMES, Iowa – Feb. 21, 2013; 1 p.m. update – The National Weather Service is reporting that snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour can be expected during the late afternoon and evening hours in southern and central Iowa, with much of the expected snowfall to occur in six hours or less.
Strong east winds at 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts to around 30 mph are also expected. The winds will combine with the heavy snowfall to create widespread visibility of less than one quarter of a mile by later this afternoon into the evening. Dangerous travel conditions are expected this afternoon through much of tonight. The storms will likely have a significant impact on rush hour traffic.
The Iowa Department of Transportation offers traveler information anytime by visiting www.511ia.org, or calling 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).
If you would like to be part of the conversation, the Iowa DOT continues to urge travelers to provide feedback on Twitter and Facebook. Travelers who are stopped in a safe location are asked to take a moment to share observations and experiences.
Throughout the storm, while stopped in a safe location, use social media to connect with the Iowa DOT.
The Iowa DOT will be monitoring social media conversation during this event and using the public’s observations to help direct resources to problem areas. Being part of the traffic information social media network, as either a follower or contributor, enhances everyone’s safety.