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    12/31 Road Conditions

    I have some friends that are supposed to be driving from Des Moines down to my place in southwest Iowa later today. What are the roads like in and around Des Moines? Also has anybody been on I-80 west of Des Moines?

    I've been watching the DOT maps but just wondered if anybody has been on those roads.



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    Re: 12/31 Road Conditions

    This morning they were **** poor around the Des Moines area.



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    Re: 12/31 Road Conditions

    They're getting better around Indianola. This morning it was solid ice at around 9 am, and we just went back out and it's mostly wet with patches of ice here and there. Haven't been out of town though.



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    Re: 12/31 Road Conditions

    Drive intelligent and you're fine in Ames.



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    Re: 12/31 Road Conditions

    Around 10 AM they were absolute crap on the south side of DSM. The main roads aren't too bad. Mostly just wet. Getting to them is the problem. The side streets are a sheet of ice. It was getting better around noon, but it's still not great out there.

    I saw at least a half dozen incidents that could easily have been viral videos on Youtube if I had been filming them. The usual 15 minute drive I had to make took nearly an hour, mostly trying to find roads without hills that were impassable.

    Lots and lots of fender benders. Lots and lots of cars stuck at the bottom of hills.



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