The Iowa Department of Transportation reports that normal winter driving conditions exist in Marion County. Three and a half inches fell over Christmas weekend with a trace of precipitation overnight. The Marion County Sheriff’s department responded to five accidents in the past 24 hours with property damage only, rollover accidents were also reported in the area. Flooding was also an issue over the weekend. A flood warning was issued to the Cedar River area near Bussey, where the water exceeded nearly two feet over the flood stage.
Currently, state roads are mostly clear with patches of snow and ice. County gravel roads are snow and ice covered. Travel on Highway 163 from Monroe to Des Moines, as well as all highways surrounding Des Moines, is considered difficult, as roadways are 100% snow and ice covered. Routes from Indianola and Carlisle to Des Moines are also considered difficult. Please give our first responders and all road crews plenty of room if you must drive today.