AMES, Iowa - Jan. 26, 2010; noon update - The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting that road conditions are still improving as snowplows make good progress reopening roads, the winds gradually diminish and the sun warms up the roadway surfaces. The list of impassable roads has been significantly reduced.
According to the Iowa DOT’s road weather information system, statewide wind speeds are currently averaging 8 to 25 mph, and gusts 18 to 31 mph. Some of the highest wind gusts continue to occur along the Interstate 35 corridor from Ames to the Minnesota border. Motorists should remain alert for slick conditions on this roadway as surface-level blowing of snow continues.
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, as warranted. 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 www.511ia.org or call 511.
Known impassable roads
In addition to the state-maintained roads listed here, other local streets and county roads may be impassable.
U.S. 69 from Iowa 175 (Jewell) north to Blairsburg
U.S. 169 from Dallas County Road F-31 (Minburn) north to Iowa 141 (Perry)
Iowa 7 from U.S. 71 east to Newell
Iowa 44 from U.S. 169 west to Iowa 4 (Panora)
Neighboring state advisories
Minnesota: All highways in south central and southwestern Minnesota are now open.
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