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Rare Spring Snow Storm Brings Travel Woes to Large Portion of Iowa

May 02, 2013

Ames, Iowa – May 2, 2013 – Accumulating snow over a wide portion of Iowa today will cause slick roads. According to the National Weather Service, 3 to 5 inches of snow, with locally heavier amounts, can be expected on a diagonal line from the southwest corner of the state up through northeast Iowa.

 According to the National Weather Service, a band of heavy, wet snow mixed with sleet will continue to push east across western and central Iowa through the afternoon today. Isolated thunderstorms will also occur over the area bringing locally heavy snowfall of 7 inches or more.  When the heaviest snow is falling, visibility may be decreased to ½ mile or less in some open areas.  

Iowa DOT crews are out in the impacted areas of the state clearing slush and snow. Travelers are urged to evaluate the need for travel and if you must travel, slow down and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and other vehicles.

Road conditions are currently being reported as mostly to completely covered with slush and snow in the southwest, central and north central portions of the state.  

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s traveler information website, www.511ia.org, typically reverts from winter road condition reporting on April 15. Due to the late season storm, the winter road conditions have been reinstated.

The Iowa DOT urges 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.

Geotag photos and video: All smartphones have global positioning systems 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 or 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.  

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Iowa highway in the evening