State road crews are gearing up for another challenge. The latest winter storm targeting Iowa is expected to dump heavy snow today into tomorrow. Bob Younie is the state maintenance engineer with the Department of Transportation.
“If there’s a trip you can advance or put off, think about it,” Younie says. “If you do have to go out and drive during the bad weather, make sure you have your seat belt on. That might save your life if you have an accident. Slow down a little bit and give your motorists a break. It may take a little bit longer, but at least you’ll get there.”
The latest forecast calls for 5 to 9 inches of snow with higher amounts possible across much of the state. As the snow begins to fall this afternoon, winds are expected to increase as well to 15 to 25 miles per hour.
“That’s really going to be the problem,” Younie says. “As it gets darker and as that wind whips around, there’s going to be reduced visibility. Our advice is – if you don’t have to make a trip during that time, don’t do it.” A Winter Storm Warning covers nearly the entire state.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for a few counties in northwest and far northeast Iowa. Road conditions are updated by the DOT and state patrol at www.511ia.org.
Motorists can also call 511.