AMES, Iowa – Feb 1, 2015 – Most of Iowa’s roads are completely or partially covered with snow and ice with travel not advised in portions of Eastern Iowa. Windy conditions with continued snowfall are expected through the evening hours causing hazardous driving conditions. The Iowa Department of Transportation is working to clear roads, but blowing snow can cause roadways to quickly become re-covered after trucks pass through. Visibility can also be greatly reduced due to blowing snow.
Iowa DOT reminds travelers that trips during severe winter weather can take three or four times longer than normal. Motorists are urged to monitor weather and road conditions before traveling and evaluate the necessity of trips. Often, the safest option is to skip the trip altogether. For road condition information visit the Iowa 511 website at http://511ia.org or call 511 within Iowa, or 800-288-1047 from outside the state. Tow ban information can be found on the full-featured version of the website. To see photos of conditions on the roadway from the dash of an Iowa DOT snowplow truck or plow locations visit http://trackaplow.iowadot.gov.
For media access to an Iowa DOT Highway Division spokesperson during this winter event, call 515-233-7960.