Iowa DOT News Release

High winds, light snow and plummeting temperatures could cause trouble on Iowa roadways this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow

Posted on: January 26, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 26, 2014 – It looks like only the far southwest part of Iowa will be spared in the latest blast of winter weather set to roll in later today. 

The National weather service has issued several warnings for our state. High wind warnings are in effect for much of western Iowa. There is a blizzard warning covering much of north central Iowa running south and east to just south of Interstate 80, and most of northeast and east central Iowa is under a winter storm warning. All warning are in effect at least until noon Monday. 

With all the warnings, high winds are going to cause issues for larger vehicles. If you are driving a high-profile vehicle, please concentrate on the task of driving and reduce your distractions. For all vehicles, leave ample space between vehicles in case a gust of wind alters the path of your vehicle or vehicles traveling near you. 

To see current road conditions and all NWS warnings in one location, visit and click on the full feature version. 

Throughout the storm, while stopped in a safe location, use social media to connect with the Iowa DOT.

  • Follow us: All traffic-related news releases and traffic incident reports are posted on the Iowa DOT’s Twitter accounts. Search for either @iowadot or @statewideia511. 
  • Use the traffic hashtag: Use the hashtag #iatraffic during this event and year round to help others find tweets about traffic on Iowa’s roads. 
  • Tell us what you are seeing: Be another set of eyes for the Iowa DOT. Your information could be invaluable to others who are considering travel.   When posting to Twitter reference @iowadot in your post. Tag us in your posts and photos on Facebook.

The Iowa DOT will be monitoring social media conversation during this event and using the public’s observations to help direct resources to problem areas. Being part of the traffic information social media network, as either a follower or contributor, enhances everyone’s safety. 


For media access to an Iowa DOT Highway Division spokesperson during this winter event, call 515-233-7960.


Iowa highway in the evening