MASON CITY - Because of the ice storm, the city of Mason City placed the alternate side parking ordinance into effect at 7 p.m. Sunday.

City Administrator Brent Trout said trucks used to apply sand and salt need to have access down narrow streets "so we need vehicles to be moved to one side of the roadway."

The Iowa Department of Transportation reported shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday that the significant precipitation that was affecting Iowa earlier today has exited the state.

Only a light mist and some spotty rain remained.

Travelers were advised to remain alert during the overnight hours to the possibility of some slippery roads.

Areas of patchy dense fog, mist, frost and refreezing of precipitation on the roadways are forecast to develop tonight and linger into Monday morning.

Surface temperatures will also drop to near or below freezing in many parts of the state. Motorists were advised to exercise caution as patches of black ice and occasional slippery road conditions may be encountered.

Special caution should be exercised in areas receiving heavier amounts of precipitation today that may not yet have melted completely, as well as all bridges, overpasses and ramps statewide.

The hardest hit area was Butler County, where some locations received six-tenths of an inch of precipitation that turned to ice as quickly as it hit cold surfaces.

At about 2:30 p.m., the DOT reported northbound traffic on Interstate 35 had resumed in Franklin County between mileposts 159 and 165.

The road was previously blocked by semi-tractor-trailer units unable to navigate the roadway incline due to the icy road conditions.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a Winter Storm Watch that continues until midnight Sunday.

Counties included in the warning are Cerro Gordo, Worth, Franklin, Hancock, Winnebago, Mitchell and Floyd.  A freezing rain advisory has been issued for most of the state. 

One-quarter to one-third inch of ice is expected to accumulate in the area.  

Travel will become difficult.  The Mason City Police Department is asking people stay off the roads in town.

The Mason City Police Department has answered numerous accidents already this morning, collisions with other vehicles, single vehicle collisions with trees and other objects.

According to a press release, the sanders are out, but are having a hard time doing their jobs because of all the traffic and accidents that are occurring all over town.

They are also having a hard time keeping up with the streets due to the continued ice forming

 

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