Iowa DOT News Release



Winter storms continue to affect travel in Iowa

Posted on: December 31, 2010

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 31, 2010; noon update - The Iowa Department of Transportation's (DOT) road weather information system is reporting a mix of precipitation and road conditions throughout the state as the two storm systems continue to collide. 

The freezing rain has moved farther east and is now affecting roads in east central and northeast Iowa. Roadway temperatures are continuing to plummet as the cold-air system pushes in behind the first storm. Interstate 80 between Des Moines and Grinnell, Iowa 330 between Des Moines and Marshalltown, and Iowa163 between Des Moines and Oskaloosa are completely covered with ice.  

A second storm, a potent low-pressure system, is now covering the entire state of South Dakota, the northern half of Nebraska, the southwest section of Minnesota, and portions of northwest and north central Iowa. The far northwest corner of Iowa is under a winter weather warning. 

Air temperatures reported in Sibley and Spencer have dropped to the single digits, and wind gusts of 34 mph have been recorded. Snow is falling in the area. Sections of U.S. 18, U.S. 71 and Iowa 4 in this area are completed covered with ice and snow. 

The Iowa DOT is wishing Iowans a safe and joyous New Year's Eve. If you have travel plans for this evening, please check the road conditions before departing by visiting www.511ia.org or calling 511. If conditions are safe to travel, celebrate responsibly by not drinking and driving. 

As we enter a new year, give a hats-off to the many snow plow operators and law enforcement personnel that will working throughout the holiday to help get you to your destination safely. 

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Iowa highway in the evening