Live weather updates in Iowa | Snow ordinances and parking bans

Live weather updates in Iowa |  Snow ordinances and parking bans

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has posted a winter weather advisory for the area from 3pm today until 6am Friday.

DES MOINES, Iowa — There’s more snow waiting for central Iowa.

Although the blizzard-like conditions seen last week are long gone, the Local 5 weather team is still anticipating travel issues due to wintry weather on Thursday.

the National Weather Service in Des Moines A winter weather warning has been posted for the area from 3pm on Thursday until 6am on Friday, with snow accumulation expected.

The Local 5 Weather Team expects snow to begin falling Thursday afternoon and will continue into the overnight hours, with about 1-3 inches of fluffy snow possible across the Des Moines metro.

Gusty northwesterly winds will develop as the snow falls, bringing gusts up to 30 or 35 mph at times and contributing to more subzero temperatures on the horizon.

Stay aware of the weather!


The city’s parking ban begins at 3pm on Thursday and will last until 4pm on Friday.

Vehicles should not be parked on any City of Altoona street to allow for proper snow removal by City of Altoona crews. City roads will only be cleared if Altoona equipment can safely remove snow without hitting parked vehicles or other objects on the road. These dead ends will instead be cleared after the homeowner removes the object, or it will be towed or removed at the owner’s expense.


The City of Ames’ snow ordinance goes into effect at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Snow roads are marked with red and white signs, and vehicles must be moved from all other city streets.

The city expects the ordinance to last until 8 a.m. Friday, but that may change, as ordinances in Ames generally remain in effect until streets are fully plowed and snow stops falling.

Ankeny’s snow rule runs from 7pm Thursday to 7pm Saturday.

The city shared these guidelines:

Parking is not permitted on all public streets, alleys and street parking within the City during the snow ordinance.
• Parking is prohibited on the Prairie Trail and Uptown Business District from 2 to 6 a.m
• Vehicles parked on the street during the snow ordinance will be ticketed $40 and may be towed.
• Property owners are responsible for removing snow from all sidewalks on or adjacent to their property within 24 hours after the snow stops falling.


Carlisle’s emergency parking ban will come into force at 4pm on Thursday.

At that time, all vehicles must be removed from city parking lots and off city streets so snowplows can efficiently clear the roads. Vehicles remaining on streets and in city parking lots are subject to a $50 fine and can be towed at the owner’s expense.

Grimes is banning parking on any city streets from 6pm Thursday until 6am Friday as crews work to clear the streets. Anyone who violates the law may receive a $50 ticket, according to the city.


The city of Indianola’s snow ordinance will go into effect at noon Thursday. It is expected to continue until Friday.

Under Indianola’s snow emergency parking ban, residents are prohibited from parking on public streets or alleys. The ban remains in effect for 48 hours after the snow stops falling or until the streets are empty.


The City of Pella’s snow ordinance will go into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday.

An emergency ban on ice parking in Waukee goes into effect at 8pm Thursday and will continue until 5pm Friday.

Vehicles are not allowed to park on any city street during the ban and drivers may face towing and/or a $25 fine.

West Des Moines

West Des Moines emergency parking ban for snow removal will be in effect from 8pm Thursday to 5pm Friday.

No vehicle is permitted to park on the streets of the City of West Des Moines while this ordinance is in effect. Cars violating the ban can be towed and/or fined $50.

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