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Parking bans, snow ordinances in effect across Iowa ahead of Saturday snow

Several cities across the state are limiting where residents can park in preparation for snowy weather Saturday, Jan. 27.
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DES MOINES, Iowa — Cities across Iowa are gearing up for weekend snowfall across the northern part of the state.

The Local 5 Weather team anticipates possibly more than 5" of snow in Calhoun, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac and Webster Counties, with a Winter Storm Warning issued for 12 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Saturday. 

Farther south, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the same timeframe.  

By Saturday night, Arctic air will settle in and stay for a few days. So, that snow and ice isn't going anywhere anytime soon. 

The following central Iowa cities have instated snow ordinances in response to the inclement weather:

  • Ames
  • Bondurant
  • Boone
  • Clive
  • Grimes
  • Johnston
  • Norwalk
  • West Des Moines

Read on for more information about each individual city's snow ordinances.

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The city of Ames' snow ordinance goes into effect at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.

Snow routes are marked by red and white signs, and vehicles must be moved from all other city streets.

The city anticipates the ordinance will continue until 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, but could change, as ordinances in Ames generally remain in effect until streets are completely plowed and it has stopped snowing.


Starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, Bondurant's snow ordinance will go into effect. Parking on main roads and residential collector streets is banned until the ordinance is lifted.


A snow ordinance will go into effect at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 for downtown and West Boone business districts. Residents are asked to remove vehicles from the street.


The city of Clive announced a snow/ice ordinance Saturday morning. Public Works and Parks crews are conducting full snow removal on Clive streets. The city asks residents to move parked vehicles from city streets. 

Vehicles can be moved back 24 hours following a winter weather event, according to the city of Clive website.


The city of Grimes is under a snow ordinance starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday and ending at 1 a.m. on Sunday. During the ordinance, no parking is allowed on city streets.


The City of Johnston's snow ordinance went into effect Saturday at 11 a.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m.

No parking is allowed on city streets during that time. If you park on the street, you can receive a ticket.

Learn more about the city's ordinance here.    


A citywide parking ban will go into effect at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and will continue indefinitely. All vehicles parked on public streets may be ticketed or towed. 

West Des Moines

The emergency parking ban in West Des Moines will go into effect at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and remain in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. 

No vehicles can park on West Des Moines city streets during the ordinance. Cars violating the ban could be towed and/or fined $50.

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