Iowa Department of Public Safety: Tow Ban in Effect for Johnson, Other Counties

Travel is discouraged until noon tomorrow by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Media Release

The Department of Public Safety's Division of the Iowa State Patrol is prepared to work though a dangerous blizzard begining Wednesday evening, December 19, 2012 and continuing through noon on Thursday, December 20, 2012.

"The smartest, safest thing Iowans can do tonight and tomorrow is avoid traveling--in town or on the highways and interstates," said Colonel David Garrison, Iowa State Patrol. "The National Weather Service clearly states this will be a dangerous storm with high winds and low visibility. Do yourself a favor and stay in this evening."

A tow ban means that a tow truck* will not be sent when a vehicle goes into the ditch, and due to this and the difficult conditions, overnight travel is not advised.

Counties Currently Under a Tow Ban 

Cass Pottawattamie Polk Hamilton Tama Poweshiek Benton Iowa Linn Johnson Story Dallas


Marshall Jasper            

Check here for current road conditions from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

*Note: Towing prohibitions announced by the Iowa State Patrol apply to highways and interstates. Please contact your local law enforcement to verify if towing is allowed on county roadways or roads and streets within your community.


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