AMES, Iowa – Feb. 27, 2013; 5 a.m. update – The winter storm will continue to impact roadways in portions of central and southeast Iowa through this morning. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s WeatherView system is presently reporting a north-northeast wind of 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Snow is also continuing to fall across much of the state.
A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service’s remains in effect in until noon for much of central and eastern Iowa; a hazardous weather outlook advisory remains in effect for southwest Iowa.
Iowa’s 511 system is presently reporting that roadways in southwest, south central, central and much of eastern Iowa are either partially or completely covered with precipitation. Road conditions in the northwest are reported as normal winter driving conditions or wet. Persons should exercise extreme caution during the morning commute and while otherwise traveling this morning. Make sure to carry appropriate winter survival items in your vehicle.
The Iowa DOT continues to urge motorists to provide feedback on travel conditions via Twitter and Facebook, while stopped in a safe location and not while driving.
- Geotag photos and video: All smartphones have a global positioning system because of enhanced 911 service. If you are a social media user who likes to share photos and video during winter storms, be sure the geotagging feature on your mobile device is enabled. Then the location of where your photo/video was taken will be tagged.
- Follow us: All traffic-related news releases and traffic incident reports are posted on the Iowa DOT’s Twitter accounts. Search for either @iowadot or @statewideia511.
- Use the traffic hashtag: The Iowa DOT is using the hashtag #iatraffic during this event and recommends that other Twitter users do the same to find relevant tweets using that key phrase.
- Tell us what you are seeing: Your information could be invaluable to others who are considering travel. You can also be another set of eyes for the Iowa DOT. When posting to Twitter, reference @iowadot in your post. Tag us in your posts and photos on Facebook.
The Iowa DOT offers travel information anytime by visiting http://www.511ia.org or calling 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).