Several Accidents, Conditions Force Interstate 35 Closure
State authorities have shut down a large portion of Interstate 35 due to several accidents on the roadway. Shortly after 1:00am Friday, the Iowa Department of Transportation announced the closure, which includes both northbound and southbound lanes from Ames to Mason City. The gate system has been activated and gate arms are currently down. The D-O-T is preparing to reopen the highway, but reminds drivers when it is reopned, it will be completely snow and ice covered and winds will cause visibility issues. Several crashes that occurred last night led to the interstate closure.