Icy conditions restrict travel, residents advised to stay at home


By Alex Connor, [email protected] @thealexconnor

Ames residents are advised to stay inside Monday as Ames is under an Ice Storm Warning until Tuesday.

David Perrin

The city of Ames has been scrambling to treat the entire city, but streets and sidewalks remain slick. 

Because of late-night and over-night freezing rain, large amounts of ice has accumulated on the ground and will remain for the time being due to the frigid conditions seen in the past week.

As much as 0.13″ of ice has collected throughout the city of Ames, according to WHO-HD, however, other parts of the state have seen a varied amount, so travel is not being advised for the day.

Here are the current amounts coming from WHO-HD as of Monday morning:

  • Marshalltown: .20″
  • Windsor Heights: .17″
  • Ames: 0.13″
  • Des Moines: 0.20″
  • Grinnell: 0.09″
  • Waukee: .25″

Though weather has hindered their work, city officials have been out since 5 p.m. preparing for the onslaught of ice. Sand has been spread city-wide, but areas to look out for are hills, curves and major intersections.

Freezing rain is slated to continue until approximately 2 p.m., with rain and freezing rain to take over from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Also to be expected is up to 0.3″ to 0.4″ of ice total by the end of the day Monday. 

Rain is expected after 4 p.m., but due to a high in the low 30s, ice accumulation should begin to slow going into Tuesday morning.

According to the weather forecast office in Des Moines, the area of Story County is under an Ice Storm Warning until Tuesday at 12 a.m.

Drivers are advised to slow down when driving and avoid black ice when traveling on foot, but if possible, avoid traveling altogether for the day.

The weather is predicted to improve for the end of the week, with highs in the upper 40s.

Problem spots on campus including sidewalks, parking lots and building entrances and exits can be reported to the Iowa State University Environmental and Health Safety Department at (515) 294-5100.