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Iowa DOT keeps tabs on road conditions during winter storm

Snow totals in several cities topped six inches by Friday evening.

If you’ve lived in Iowa your entire life, you probably think you know everything about driving in winter weather conditions.

News flash: You won’t ever be fully ready for blustery, snowy, or icy conditions.

Luckily, the Iowa Department of Transportation is fully prepared for these winter weather events.

On days like Friday, it’s best to keep it simple: don’t go on the roads if you don’t have to.

For those of you braving these conditions, the best advice for you is to pay attention.

“Even guys that have trucks, anybody that has trucks, just because you can make it through the snow doesn’t mean you can stop on a dime,” said Erika Romar.

“Right now, road conditions in central Iowa are low visibility and very slick driving conditions,” Bonnie Castillo with the Iowa DOT said.

Castillo is able to see all of Iowa’s major roads via the 400 traffic cameras placed around the state.

You can take a look at these cameras as well, online or via the 511 app.

As always: Be safe, and be weather aware.

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