AMES, Iowa — Iowa travel conditions have deteriorated this morning because of heavy snow and high winds, the Iowa Department of Transporation reports. Visibility is reduced, with periods of whiteout conditions.

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s road weather information system is presently reporting wind gusts in the mid 30s; and sustained winds from 15-25 mph. WeatherView is available to the public at http://weatherview.iowadot.gov/; it offers valuable travel information like pavement temperatures, precipitation and wind speeds, as well as camera views.

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The Iowa DOT’s traffic speed monitors are also indicating significant slowdowns and backups in the central and eastern parts of the state. Some temporary road blockages due to crashes or jackknifed vehicles have been reported this morning.

A National Weather Service winter storm warning remains in effect. If you must travel, put extra space between your vehicle and those ahead, ensure all passengers are wearing their seat belts and slow down for conditions.