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UPDATED: Iowa travel forecast


AMES, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is issuing an updated travel forecast for this evening through Tuesday morning as the Alberta Clipper continues to make its way across the state. The National Weather Service's blizzard warning is presently forecasted to remain in effect until 3 a.m. Tuesday for much of Iowa.

The Iowa DOT is warning travelers to expect significant drifting, reduced visibilities and frigid temperatures, making travel dangerous during this period. Motorists are advised to take necessary precautions and travel only if absolutely necessary during blizzard conditions.

The Iowa DOT's top three travel tips include the following.

  • All passengers should be properly belted and children in safety seats.
  • Bring your winter survival kit, with enough supplies for all travelers in the vehicle.
  • If stranded, remain with your vehicle until help arrives. Use your cell phone to call 911 for assistance.

Travel forecast:

Northwest - Strong, gusty northwest winds will continue until 3 a.m. Tuesday causing reduced visibilities and drifting snow; wind chills will be dangerous; road crews will not return to the roadways in this area until the wind subsides and progress can be made on clearing the roads

North central - Strong winds, with gusts up to 45 mph, will taper off around 5 a.m. Tuesday; very dangerous wind chills are to be expected; drifting snow and reduced visibilities are to be expected

Northeast - Gusty winds are not expected to diminish until 10 a.m. Tuesday; very dangerous wind chills are forecast during the morning hours

Central - Winds should diminish by 6 a.m. Tuesday; wind gusts up to 40 mph; dangerous early morning wind chills; an additional 1 inch of snow is expected by midnight

East central - Winds will diminish by 8 a.m. Tuesday; wind gusts up to 37 mph; additional snow accumulation of 1 inch

Southwest - Winds should diminish by 5 a.m. Tuesday; wind gusts 45 mph; additional accumulation of up to an inch of snow is possible.

Southeast - Winds should diminish by 11 a.m. Tuesday; wind gusts up to 41 mph expected; light snow and scattered areas of brief freezing drizzle/mist this evening

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

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