UPDATE: Travel not advised on most roadways in the western half of the state - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

UPDATE: Travel not advised on most roadways in the western half of the state

AMES (KWWL) – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting several highways in western Iowa remain impassable due to drifted snow. Large drifts will prolong reopening of some roads.

Western half of Iowa

Travel is currently not advised on the majority of roadways in the western one-half of the state, as well as some roads in central Iowa (Des Moines area included). This includes portions of Interstates 29, 35, 80, and 235. The condition of I-80 west of Des Moines to Council Bluffs and I-680 has improved and is now considered "partially covered." Towing services are still prohibited in most of this region.

Eastern half of Iowa

Strong south/southeast winds, gusting up to 32 mph, and plummeting air temperatures are continuing to make their way from the south to the north across the eastern half of Iowa. Freezing of previously wet pavements is or may be occurring in parts of this region as pavement temperatures dip below freezing. 

Impassable roads

The following roadways are currently known to be impassable due to drifting; other roadways, especially rural county roads may be blocked as well. The Iowa DOT is sending truck-mounted blowers from other parts of the state into western Iowa on Saturday to assist in clearing blockages of state highways. 

U.S. 6 from I-80 to Iowa 48 (Griswold) [This section will remain closed until large snow blowers are able to cut through the drifts.]

Iowa 44 from U.S. 59 (Harlan) to U.S. 30 (5 miles south of Woodbine)

Iowa 83 from U.S. 71 (Atlantic) to U.S. 59 (Avoca)

Iowa 141 from Iowa 175 (Mapleton) to Ute [This section will remain closed until at least Saturday due to the amount of snow blocking the roadway.]

Iowa 275 from Missouri border to U.S. 34

The following major roadway is reduced to one lane of travel.

U.S. 20 westbound from Moville to Sioux City

Regional interstate travel alerts

Minnesota – Driving conditions for I-35 north from the Iowa border into Minnesota is labeled as "difficult" with heavy snow, slush, wet, and icy roads. Travel is not advised or is impossible in large portions of northeast, northwest and southwest Minnesota

Missouri – I-29 from the Iowa border to U.S. 59 in Missouri is closed

Nebraska – Travel is not advised in central and eastern Nebraska. Many roads in these areas are impassable due to drifting and whiteout conditions.

South Dakota – I-29 from the Iowa border through South Dakota is currently listed as "closed/blocked/impassable; a State of Emergency exists

Wisconsin – The road conditions of U.S. 151 from Dubuque, Iowa, to Dodgeville, Wisconsin, are labeled as "slippery stretches."

 

 

For the latest road conditions in Iowa, call 511 or visit www.511ia.org.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting several highways in western Iowa remain impassable due to drifted snow. Large drifts will prolong reopening of some roads. Roads in western Iowa are not likely to improve much today as more snow and high winds are expected.

A major change in air and pavement temperatures has also started as cold air pushes from the south to the north through the eastern half of the state. This unusual winter occurrence can cause sudden, unexpected changes in pavement conditions from wet to icy. Precipitation will switch from rain to ice to snow. Air temperatures earlier today were in the mid 30s to as high as 40 F in southeast Iowa. Temperatures in these same areas quickly dropped to the teens. Accompanying winds are gusting to as high as 30 mph.

Travel is currently not advised on the majority of roadways in the western one-half of the state, as well as some roads in central Iowa (Des Moines area included). Snow is continuing to fall in these areas, and air and pavement temperatures are below freezing. This includes portions of Interstates 29, 35, 80, 235, and 680. Towing services are prohibited.

The following roadways are currently known to be impassable due to drifting; other roadways, especially rural county roads may be blocked as well.

The following roadways are currently known to be impassable due to drifting; other roadways, especially rural county roads may be blocked as well.

U.S. 6 from I-80 to Iowa 48 (Griswold) [This section will remain closed until large snow blowers are able to cut through the drifts.]

Iowa 44 from U.S. 59 (Harlan) to U.S. 30 (5 miles south of Woodbine)

Iowa 44 from Iowa 173 (Kimballton) to U.S. 71 (Hamlin)

Iowa 83 from U.S. 71 (Atlantic) to U.S. 59 (Avoca)

Iowa 141 from Iowa 175 (Mapleton) to Ute [This section will remain closed until at least Saturday due to the amount of snow blocking the roadway.]

Iowa 275 from Missouri border to U.S. 34

The following major roadways are reduced to one lane of travel.

U.S. 20 westbound from Moville to Sioux City

U.S. 75, one lane in both directions from Sioux City to Merrill

Iowa 3 from 3 miles east of Akron to U.S. 75 (Le Mars)

Interstate travel alert

The Nebraska Department of Roads has just issued a transportation alert stating that "Travel is NOT advised in central and eastern Nebraska." Many roads in these areas are impassable due to drifting and whiteout conditions. Highway crews cannot effectively keep the roads clear until the storm ends and winds decrease. For the latest road condition information in Nebraska, call 800-906-9069 or visit www.511nebraska.org.

For the latest road conditions in Iowa, call 511 or visit www.511ia.org.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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