AMES, Iowa – Feb 9, 2016 –The Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa State Patrol continue to monitor conditions along north and southbound Interstate 35 from Ames to Clear Lake and Mason City. Due to blowing snow driving conditions continue to be hazardous and the roadway remains closed.
Winds are forecasted to diminish slightly but remain gusty throughout the morning. The roadway will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. However, once it is open travelers should expect areas of low visibility and snow covered roadways. Motorists are urged to monitor weather and road conditions before traveling and evaluate the necessity of trips. Often, the safest option is to skip the trip all together.
For road condition information or to check out the view from stationary cameras, visit the Iowa 511 website at http://511ia.org. You may also call 511 within Iowa, or 800-288-1047 from outside the state. Tow ban information can be found on the full-featured version of the website. To see photos of conditions on the roadway from the dash of an Iowa DOT snowplow truck or plow locations visit http://trackaplow.iowadot.gov.
For media access to an Iowa DOT Highway Division spokesperson during this winter event, call 515-233-7960.