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    Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    511ia is showing no travel advised on the interstates in Central Iowa. Anyone been out tonight? Since probably 2:00 its been just fine on the north side of Ankeny, but I haven't been any further than the end of my street and am pretty sheltered.


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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    59N and 610 were a bit crowded, but nothing more than usual ;)



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    Major roads are just slushy, at least in the area of I35/80 near the Grimes corner as of 6:00.

    It'll probably freeze overnight making for an interesting drive tomorrow morning.



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    I know plows around the cedar falls/waterloo area have been pulled.



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    We had to drive from CR to DSM yesterday. Left CR around 2 I think and got home between 5 or 6 I think. I really don't recall the times.

    But I do vividly recall the conditions. Easily the worst I've encountered in my driving days. We had no business being on the road and were going 20-40mph much of the way.

    Many times there was 2-5 inches of snow/ice/slush packed on the road creating a snow pot-holes. If you hit them going to fast, it would kick you right off the road with absolutely zero notice. We watched a few vehicles get going too fast on a decent stretch of road and then hit a nasty spot - ending up in the median.

    I see much of the CR and Iowa City area is still travel not advised and a road near Dubuque is still closed.

    My brother was headed the other way - CR to Rockford, IL. Between CR to Davenport - via 380 and 80, he counted 39 vehicles in the ditch/median. I have not found out how many more he saw - although by that point the roads were much better there.



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    I work 3rd shift down in Ankeny. I only had bits of trouble on the way down, and the way north was crystal clear.

    I expected some freezing overnight, but I didn't get it on 35N.



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    Highway 20 is horrible, girlfriend was gonna try to make it back to ISU but is turning back. The road is just glazed with ice and wind is horrible.



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    wife is driving from Decorah to Cedar Rapids as we speak ... she said she's just south of New Hampton and its been an adventure already. Does not recommend anybody in NE Iowa drive anything but 4 lane roads if they don't have too.



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    Little icy around Des Moines this morning. Yesterday afternoon they were mostly slushly or wet but all that has froze up now


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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    Roads are terrible in eastern Iowa. Worst I have ever seen.



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    wife is driving from Decorah to Cedar Rapids as we speak ... she said she's just south of New Hampton and its been an adventure already. Does not recommend anybody in NE Iowa drive anything but 4 lane roads if they don't have too.
    Just south of New Hampton? Did she take that route because of better roads? Seems like a lot of extra miles.


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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    Quote Originally Posted by chadm View Post
    Just south of New Hampton? Did she take that route because of better roads? Seems like a lot of extra miles.
    yeah I guess, I didn't ask ... she was up "near Decorah" for a tournament so it may not have been actually in Decorah.



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    Roads are terrible in eastern Iowa. Worst I have ever seen.
    seems fine to me over here, wussy

    of course my entire trip this morning was on 1st ave, so I may be a poor judge.



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    The snow/road situation in the Des Moines area anyway seemed marginal, but no where near as bad as they predicted. I fully expected the end of the world the way they were billing it.



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    Re: Anyone been out on the roads tonight?

    Yeah had to get some groceries today in Waverly and drove outside of town, roads are bad, driveable but I wouldn't go out in NE unless you need to



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