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Road Conditions Slowly Improving

February 03, 2016

Road conditions across northwest Iowa are improving but travel is still not advised in many areas due to blowing and drifting snow from Tuesday’s blizzard.


Photo from DOT snow plow on US 20 eastbound, mile marker 46 at 8:19am.


DOT snow plow on highway 31 northbound at mile market 24 near Correctionville, 8:27 am.

Some areas got more than a foot of snow, which is finally tapering off Wednesday morning. Iowa Highway Patrol Trooper John Farley says the Sioux City area — which got 15-inches — is still in bad shape, though Interstate 29 has reopened.”It’s still 100% covered, snow pack, hard snow pack, the roadways are very rutted and very bumpy and very icy,” Farley says. “Caution is definitely advised.”

There are some vehicles in the ditches that have been stranded since the storm, but now that more roads are being cleared, he’s finding more stranded motorists.”We are noticing quite a few more vehicles that went into the ditch or the median during the overnight hours,” Farley says. “Just since I’ve been out, for the last hour and a half, I’ve encountered maybe six or seven additional ones, from the ones we had last night.”

Trooper Vince Kurtz is been traveling in Sioux, Plymouth and O’Brien counties and says road conditions are not good. “If you’re looking at going out this morning, take a look at the Iowa 511 website before you go,” Kurtz says. “There are several road closures and a tow ban is still in place in much of northwest Iowa and a lot of the county roads are still completely impassible.” Kurtz says to delay your travels, if possible, to allow snow plow crews the opportunity to clear the roads.