Snow Slows Central Iowa During Rush Hour - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Snow Slows Central Iowa During Rush Hour

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By Alex Schuman

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Central Iowans woke up to over an inch of snow an hour falling on their roads just in time for morning rush hour. 

It started sticking fast, and sending cars into the ditch and causing accidents all across the metro.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office reports 56 accidents by the middle of the afternoon.

Des Moines Public Works says the wet, fluffy snow makes removal fairly easy even if crews have to deal with more snow than planned. 

"This snow is gonna be okay for us cause we got that pre-treatment down," said Pat Kozitza, Des Moines Public Works director.  "We should be able to have those roads recovered pretty nicely after they're plowed."

Snow stopped for part of the day giving crews a break to clear roads, and for people to shovel themselves out to get ready for the next round.

City snow plows will concentrate on the snow routes until the snow is over then they can start work on the side streets and country roads.

"The problem is we're gonna have continuing snow," said Kozitza. "Some wind, which is gonna deface plowing efforts.  So people still have to be patient and careful on the roads."

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