AMES, Iowa Jan. 30, 2013; 11 a.m. update The Iowa State Patrol has issued a "no travel is advised" statement in association with roadways in the northeast and parts of east central Iowa. This includes major highways such as I-80, I-380, U.S. 20, U.S. 63. U.S. 151 and U.S. 218. It also affects cities in the region such as Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, Waterloo, Dubuque and Decorah.
Snow is continuing to fall in all but the western third of the state and strong winds persist statewide. The Iowa DOT's road weather information system is reporting that air and pavement temperatures remain below freezing; and the wind is gusting from 24 to 39 mph. This is reducing visibility, especially in the open, rural areas. The wind is also causing ice to glaze on the east-west roadways.
Postpone travel if possible in the "no travel advised" areas and check road conditions prior to any essential travel. Visit 511ia.org or call 511 in Iowa or 1-800-288-1047 nationwide. Go to this website for information about how to follow the Iowa DOT on Twitter or Facebook, or with your mobile device.
Downtown Toledo at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.
Chronicle photos/John Speer