AMES, Iowa – March 12, 2013 – The National Weather Service is reporting scattered snow showers will spread across most of Iowa this afternoon. Little in the way of accumulation is forecast; however, as the snow showers move through, they will be accompanied by strong and gusty northwest winds with visibility dropping rapidly in falling and blowing snow, to around one-half mile in some instances.
Road conditions in western and northwest Iowa are being reported as partially to completely snow and ice covered. The Iowa Department of Transportation is cautioning drivers to keep adequate spacing between vehicles, make sure all passengers wear seat belts and discontinue the use of cruise control.
The Iowa DOT’s road weather information system, WeatherView, is available to the public at http://weatherview.iowadot.gov/; it offers valuable travel information like pavement temperatures, precipitation and wind speeds, as well as camera views.
For Iowa road condition information 24/7, visit http://www.511ia.org or call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide). By visiting this website you can also learn how to view road condition information on Twitter and Facebook; or receive reports via your mobile device.
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