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Checking out road conditions in Eastern Iowa


TRIPOLI (KWWL) -- Road conditions are worsening across the state. The Department of Transportation is pulling their plows from service in Northwest Iowa. In Eastern Iowa, almost all main highways are reported as covered with snow.

"It's just been awful today with this snow," said Joel Martin as he prepared to shovel outside the Tripoli Post Office..

On Highway 63, plows simply couldn't keep up with the falling flakes, and Martin is having a hard time shoveling as fast as it came down.

"We'll be down here three or four times yet. Easily," he noted.

Meanwhile, some drivers are facing near-white out conditions and roads that aren't safe at high speeds.

"It doesn't look like any of the roads have been plowed yet," said Kevin Baldwin. "I was doing about 35, about the tops, and it was slick on the bridge and curbs."

Kevin was not alone. News Channel Seven's Colleen O'Shaughnessy hit the highway, but didn't chance going more than 40 miles per hour. She headed north on Highway 63, with the goal of making it to New Hampton. An hour into driving, she pulled over in Tripoli. Like other drivers on the road, she decided, if you don't have to drive, don't.

"I'd stay home. Good weekend to rent a movie and cuddle up," Baldwin suggested.

Martin, unfortunately, didn't have much choice. But before he heads out, he follows some good advice to keep up on the latest conditions.

"We have one of those things Mark Schnackenberg is always talking about... what are they radios? So we've been listening to that," he said.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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