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FROM CERRO GORDO COUNTY — A tow ban is currently in affect for Cerro Gordo County roads until further notice. Travel is not advised. If you do go out make sure you have plenty of fuel, food, water, blankets; you will be spending the night in your vehicle
The sheriff’s office is still receiving multiple calls for vehicles in the ditches throughout the county. Deputies are not able to reach all stranded motorists. The county plows have went back to the shed due to visibility problems. Deputies will only be responding to medical emergencies until further notice. For your safety and the safety of all emergency responders, please stay off the roads until the weather clears
From Worth County —- All Worth County plows have been pulled from the roads and will not be back on the roads until 4 AM Monday morning. Hanlontown community center will be opened as a shelter for any stranded motorists.
AMES, Iowa – FEB. 24, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Iowa State Patrol, has closed Interstate 35 in both directions north of the U.S. 30 interchange at Ames to the Minnesota border due to blowing and drifting snow and limited visibility.
The gate system at the U.S. 30/I-35N interchange has been activated and the gate arms are down. Northbound I-35 travelers must exit at U.S. 30. Traveler services are available at the nearby U.S. 30 exits into Ames.
In addition to restricting travel on the mainline interstate roadway, all entrance ramps to I-35 at each of the intersecting roadways will be closed by gates.
Travelers already within the closed section will be allowed to exit the roadway. If vehicles are stranded, emergency crews will attempt to assist travelers to safety. Persons who have sought shelter in any available rest area facilities will be allowed to remain there, unless directed by Iowa DOT or law enforcement personnel to relocate to another designated safe location.
The decision to close an interstate roadway means a serious safety condition exists and rescue crews may be in the area. Persons should never attempt to enter a closed roadway or go around barricades or gates. In addition, travel conditions on roadways near the interstate are dangerous and many are listed as travel not advised. For your safety, it is best if you delay your trip in this area, if you do not need to travel.
The Iowa DOT will issue a notification when the roadway will be safely reopened.
For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org, call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide). Stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter at www.iowadot.com/511/socialmedia.html.