ROADS IMPROVING: DOT Travel Update
Travel conditions across the state are beginning to improve on Saturday but the Iowa Department of Transportation says caution is still advised on the roads.
Many roads remain snow and ice covered and drivers are still having problems navigating their way through the poor road conditions. In some places, nearly an inch of tightly-packed snow and ice remain on the roads.
I-35 between Des Moines and Ankeny is still completely covered with ice with travel not advised.
Thursday the DOT had advised no travel anywhere in the state until midnight and portions of I-35 were even shut down. Friday morning the DOT re-opened a section of northbound I-35 from Ames to Mason City that had been closed since Thursday night. Southbound I-35 at Clear Lake had also been shut down Thursday but reopened Friday morning.
The DOT says eastern Iowa is still seeing considerable amounts of blowing and drifting snow, making travel dangerous.
They dispatched heavy-duty snow blowers and other equipment to areas with large snow drifts Friday afternoon.
They say they are also working to remove vehicles stuck in drifts or blocking roadways.
The sunny weather helped loosen the snow pack and ice making some roads more drivable, but the cold temperatures have kept the salt on the roads from being effective.
If you will be traveling on the interstates the DOT advises not to use cruise control during these conditions.
You can get up-to-date information on road conditions in Iowa and surrounding states here.