Iowa State Patrol preps for winter storm

      With the potential impact of a severe weather winter storm this weekend, the Iowa State Patrol is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of all Iowans who may be traveling.

      Depending on the severity of the storm, Troopers will be asked to extend their shifts to provide for the safety and well-being of all Iowans. Any unscheduled troopers, who are available, have been asked to work. During this potential storm, Troopers will also be given discretion to widen their assigned patrol areas to enable prompt assistance of stranded motorists.

      If this stormâ??s impact becomes a critical hindrance or severe safety concern for those traveling, the Iowa State Patrol will again request support and resources from the Iowa National Guard.

      The Iowa State Patrol offers the following travel tips for those driving during this potential storm:

      Allow proper stopping time by increasing the following distance

      Do not use cruise control on snow or ice covered roadways

      Use caution on overpasses, bridges, and all ramps

      Be alert and focused on driving

      Allow extra travel time

      Adjust the carâ??s speed to road conditions

      Wear a seatbelt in the front and back seat

      Have a fully charged cell phone and emergency roadside assistance kit ready

      Use 911 if assistance is needed

      The Iowa State Patrol wants you to arrive safely at your destination. Provide yourself the lowest risk of a collision by driving without any distractions. Failure to maintain control of your vehicle, even in poor driving conditions, could result in an unwanted outcome. Give your loved ones the best gift of the Holiday season by arriving safely.

      If you have any questions, please contact Sergeant Scott Bright at (515)-745-2863.