Snowy and windy conditions with periodic gusts up to 40 mph are expected on Sunday, especially for areas south of Interstate 80. The Iowa Department of Transportation reminds motorists that even small amounts of snowfall coupled with high winds can cause hazardous driving conditions.\r\nOnce\u00a0snow\u00a0begins to fall the Iowa DOT will be working to clear roads, but blowing snow can cause roadways to quickly become re-covered after trucks pass through and visibility to become greatly reduced.\r\nIowa DOT reminds travelers that trips during severe winter weather can take three or four times longer than normal. Motorists are urged to monitor weather and road conditions before traveling and evaluate the necessity of each trip during poor driving conditions. Log on to\u00a0http:\/\/511ia.org\/\u00a0for the latest road conditions, towing restrictions, and snowplow locations and photos.\r\nIf you must\u00a0travel\u00a0Sunday and early Monday, please consider the following recommendations:\r\n\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n \tFocus your attention on the driving task. Put your phone away.\r\n \tSlow down and allow extra travel time.\r\n \tKeep a safe distance between your vehicle and others on the road.\r\n \tBuckle up everyone in the vehicle - back seat passengers, too.\r\n \tDo not use cruise control.\r\n \tTake extra care if driving a high-profile vehicle such as a truck, van or sports utility vehicle, or when towing a trailer, as these vehicles are more prone to be pushed or even flipped by wind gusts.\r\n \tTurn on your headlights to see and be seen.\r\n \tKeep your windshield clear of ice.\r\n \tIf conditions are severe enough to prevent safe driving, postpone your trip. If you\u2019re already on the road, pull over to a safe place until road conditions improve.\r\n\r\nIf you are in a crash, it might seem natural to get out of your vehicle to assess the damage. However, during winter weather, especially during blowing snow where visibility can be reduced safety experts recommend remaining inside your vehicle with your seat belt fastened until help arrives, especially if you\u2019re on a busy roadway.