Winter Storm Hits Central Iowa Interstates - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Winter Storm Hits Central Iowa Interstates

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by Phil Prazan

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I-235 was crusted with ice and snow Thursday night.  Cars on it had to fight those slick conditions.  Iowa State Patrol says it was not a good idea to drive but to them it seemed like people were ready for this winter storm.
 
According to the Iowa State Patrol, visibility was at a quarter to an eight of a mile.

Overnight Friday, the biggest thing to worry about would be the blowing snow and more icy conditions.

Extra troopers were called in Thursday and will be on duty Friday too.

Even though the state patrol isn't advising travel, they say there aren't a lot of issues.

Everything seems to be going pretty smoothly because to them, drivers were to be prepared.
 
"We've been listening about this for about a week now and all of a sudden it's here finally.  The commute wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to be.  I don't know if it's because of the snow; people stayed home, they left work early when it first started snowing or what.  But like I said we just had a few issues on tonight's commute," says Sgt. Rick Schaaf, from the Iowa State Patrol.
 
Officials began a tow ban at 6:30 PM Thursday.  They expect that to go until daylight Friday.
That means if you do go off the road in a ditch; a tow truck won't come get you because it's just too dangerous for them.

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