AMES, Iowa – March 11, 2013 – 9 a.m. update – Travel conditions in west and northeast Iowa improve as the storm moves out of Iowa. The National Weather Service’s forecast includes blustery northwest winds from 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph, through this afternoon.
Current Iowa road conditions: The 511 system is currently reporting roads in the Correctionville, Denison and Ida Grove areas are now open. Iowa 10 near Peterson is expected to be open before noon. Iowa 141 between Iowa 75 near Mapleton and Iowa 183 near Ute is reduced to one lane due to blowing snow. Roads in western and northeast Iowa are partially to completely snow covered.
Don’t Crowd the Plow: The Iowa DOT reminds the public that sharing the roadways with slow-moving snow removal equipment requires drivers to exercise extra precautions.
If you plan to travel today: Make sure a winter survival kit or emergency supplies are stowed in your vehicle with sufficient resources for all passengers. A mobile phone should also be carried for emergency use only. Don’t talk, take photos/video or text while driving. Persons should continue to exercise caution when traveling as the pavement can go quickly from wet to icy due to the snow blowing across the roadways. East-west roadways are particularly vulnerable.
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The Iowa DOT offers travel information anytime by visiting http://www.511ia.org or calling 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).