AMES, Iowa – Feb. 25, 2009 – A tricky late winter storm is set to bear down on many parts of Iowa staring early tomorrow morning. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is warning motorists to watch local forecasts and road condition reports very carefully, as this storm is expected to bring rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow and blowing snow, depending on the track of the storm.
Pavement temperatures have increased with the warmer weather the last few days, but sleet, ice and blowing snow could still cause treacherous driving conditions in many parts of the state Thursday. Drivers may experience a variety of driving conditions throughout the day and may see conditions change very rapidly as the storm moves through the area. The Iowa DOT will closely monitor the storm’s path and treat roadways accordingly.
With the volatile nature of this storm, drivers should continue to use good winter driving practices and be prepared for slippery conditions. If you must travel, insist that all passengers in the vehicle be appropriately buckled up and take your winter survival kit and fully charged cell phone with you. For the latest road conditions, visit 511ia.org on the Internet or call 511 (for outside the state or in bordering communities, call 800-288-1047).
Editor’s note: The Ice and Snow…Take it Slow logo is available at: http://www.iowadot.gov/winterSafety/logos.html