Sheriff: Travel not recommended in Fayette

An SUV is stranded in a snow drift on W33 in rural Fayette County, Sunday. The sheriff advised residents to stay home as blowing and drifting snow made travel difficult. (Courtesy: Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

FAYETTE COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) -- As Mother Nature rages, the Fayette County Sheriff has a message for motorists; please stay home.

Sheriff Marty Fisher made the post to Facebook, Sunday afternoon, after multiple collisions on rural county roads. Recent snowfall mixed with winds gusting to more than 50 mph had created near zero-visibility.

Around 1:00 p.m., Fisher said a portion of Highway 150 was being shut down at the request of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

"Per request from the D.O.T and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Hwy 150 south of West Union to Fayette will be closed until further notice," Fisher said online. "DOT plows and road crews are working to clear the area as quickly and safely as possible."

The road had reopened around 4:30 p.m., however, the sheriff still advised against travel in the area.

Fisher's initial post was accompanied by multiple images of vehicles stranded in the snow and whiteout conditions.

In another post around 1:30 p.m., the sheriff announced the closure of K Ave showing more vehicles stranded in snow drifts.

"W33 or K Ave is closed," said Fisher. "There was an accident and the road is blown in with drifts. Travel not recommended in Fayette. Please stay home."

Meteorologist Corey Thompson expected the high winds and blowing snow would continue into the evening hours until around 9:00 p.m.

"Most areas except the south fall below zero tonight, and highs struggle into the low 10s on Monday," said Thompson. "Slight chances for snow exist Monday and Tuesday, with a better chance toward Friday and Saturday."