Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa DOT issues 8 a.m. update regarding state travel conditions

Posted on: January 26, 2010

AMES, Iowa - Jan. 26, 2010; 8 a.m. update - The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting that road conditions have not improved much overnight, but visibility has significantly improved, allowing snowplows to resume operations. Although still partially covered with snow or ice, road conditions are best in southeast and east central Iowa.  


The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for blowing and drifting snow, which will remain in effect until 10 a.m. this morning. Approximately two-thirds of the state is covered by the advisory. The western 1/3 of the state is no longer under an advisory.


Gusty northwest winds of 20 to 40 mph will continue through mid morning causing considerable surface blowing and drifting of snow. The blowing snow will cause roads to remain snow covered and slick. Travel is still not advised throughout a good share of the state. Towing bans remain in effect where travel is not advised.


Interstate 35 closure

The northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 35 remain closed from U.S. 30 (Ames) to the Minnesota state line. The entrance ramp gates to the roadway are closed to prevent vehicles from entering the roadway. In Minnesota, the southbound lanes of I-35 are closed from Albert Lea to the Iowa border.


The Iowa DOT will issue an advisory specific to the reopening of this roadway when it occurs.


Regular updates

Reopening of roadways is a dynamic situation as crews throughout the state begin removing blockages. Therefore, the Iowa DOT will be issuing periodic updates throughout today. The information provided in this advisory is accurate at the time of issuance; however, the reopening of roads or discovery of new blockages may occur before the next advisory is issued.


For the latest general road condition information, visit or call 511.


Known impassable roads

In addition to the state-maintained roadways listed here, other local streets and county roads may be impassable.

Ÿ  I-35 from U.S. 30 (Ames) north to the Minnesota state line

Ÿ  U.S. 18 from U.S. 169 (Algona) east to Hancock County Road R-35 (Britt)

Ÿ  U.S. 18 from I-35 east to U.S. 65 (Mason City)

Ÿ  U.S. 69 from Iowa 175 (Jewell) north to Blairsburg

Ÿ  U.S. 71 from Sac County Road D-15 (north of Early) north to Iowa 7 (just south of Storm Lake)

Ÿ  U.S. 75 from Iowa 3 (Le Mars) north to Sioux Center

Ÿ  U.S. 169 from Dallas County Road F-31 (Minburn) north to Iowa 141 (Perry)

Ÿ  U.S. 169 from Boone County Road E-18 (Boxholm) north to Iowa 175 (just west of Dayton)

Ÿ  Iowa 3 from Iowa 143 (Marcus) west to U.S. 75 (Le Mars)

Ÿ  Iowa 7 from U.S. 71 east to Newell

Ÿ  Iowa 25 from U.S. 30 (Scranton) south to Iowa 141 (Bayard)

Ÿ  Iowa 44 from U.S. 169 west to Iowa 4 (Panora)

Ÿ  Iowa 110 from U.S. 20 north to Sac County Road D-15 (Schaller)


Neighboring state advisories

Ÿ  Minnesota: The Minnesota DOT and State Patrol have closed all state highways in south central and southwestern Minnesota, including I-90 from the South Dakota border to Albert Lea and I-35 from Albert Lea to the Iowa border, until further notice. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or face 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply. For updated information on Minnesota travel conditions visit





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