A BLIZZARD WARNING is still in effect for the state tonight into tomorrow morning.
The worst travel conditions are right now in the northwest corner of the state. Many roads are closed from I-20 north of Council Bluffs to Highway 18 near Algona. That northwest 1/4 of Iowa has very high wind that is reducing visibilities and keeping road crews off the interstate and state highways.
The DOT camera picture was taken just before 3PM and shows the wind blowing light snow around the area west of Des Moines on I-80 at Adair. More snow is expected to move into that area of central Iowa tonight. They could still see another 5 inches of snow.
In Des Moines we are still expecting about 1 to 2 inches of snow...but the wind will gust over 40 mph to around 50 tonight. That is going to cause blizzard conditions. Travel is going to be more difficult in central Iowa tonight. If you don't have to travel...stay at safe at home.
This picture shows a storage tub with blanket...gloves...water...cat litter to use for traction...booster cables...ice scraper...first aid kit...non-perishable food items and extra boots.
Always make sure you have your cell phone ready with a full charge.
We will have live reports from the road tonight at 6 PM. We are always updating live on Iowa's Weather Plus...WHO HD 13.2.
Here are a couple of web sites that will keep you updated on everything from road conditions to blizzard warnings.
Iowa D.O.T. road conditions: www.511ia.org/roadConditions.asp?area=IA_statewide&textOnly=False
NWS warnings: www.crh.noaa.gov/hazards/dmx