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Windy, icy conditions require caution on Iowa roadways today

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 22, 2012 – 8:30 a.m, – Mixed precipitation could cause travel troubles on Iowa highways through Monday. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is expecting freezing drizzle, rain, light snow and strong winds to impact travel across the state today and into the overnight hours.

The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory for eastern Iowa until 6:00 p.m. today and a winter weather advisory for north central Iowa until 6:00 a.m. Monday morning. The agency is reporting gusty southeast winds in north central Iowa that may cause drifting of the snowfall that arrived in this area on Friday. Winds are expected to shift to the northwest tonight and cause additional blowing and drifting with visibilities reduced to under ½-mile in open areas.

The Iowa DOT’s road weather information system – http://weatherview.iowadot.gov/ is showing pavement temperatures in the 20s. Iowa DOT crews across the state are currently working to treat icy roadways with brine and granular materials.

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