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Iowa DOT pulling plows off roads

AMES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is pulling its snow plows based in Sloan, Onawa and Soldier from the roadways due to blizzard conditions.

Visibility is described as "marginal" and road crews cannot keep up with the blowing snow that is causing drifting. Snow plows based in other parts of the Iowa DOT's District 3 will be pulled at the change of work shift this evening. Iowa DOT winter maintenance operations in the affected areas will resume when it is safe and progress can be made.

District 3 covers Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, and Woodbury counties.

Winds in excess of 45 mph are being reported in the area. NO TRAVEL is advised in the area where roadways are likely to become blocked. This includes portions of Interstate 29 in northwest Iowa.

The Iowa DOT will be monitoring road conditions and issuing additional alerts, as warranted. For the latest road conditions, visit on the Internet or call 511 (for outside the state or in bordering communities, call 800-288-1047).

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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