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Frigid temperatures make for dangerous driving

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- After a Saturday night snowfall, Sunday morning's winds and frigid temperature made roads slippery.

William Quinlan lives in Chicago but was staying in Iowa City's Sheraton. He decided not to drive home Sunday.

"I've been driving in the Midwest for 55 years, and I've been in enough blizzards to know that if you're in a safe place - stay," he said. "We'd rather safely see the Bears lose in a cozy tavern in Iowa City."

Blowing snow made for poor visibility on many Eastern Iowa roads, including Highway 150, between Urbana and Independence.

At on rest stop in Independence, even the King of Rock 'n' Roll got all shook up by the weather.

"Just to get to where we are from Clinton, Iowa, with the roads the way they are, it's been about three and a half hours," said Elvis Impersonator Junior Talley.

"My wife and I do an Elvis and a Patsy Cline show," he said. They were on their way to a Waterloo performance.

By pure coincidence, a Styx, Journey and REO cover band also stopped at the same Independence spot. Band members were on their way back to Minnesota from the Saturday night concert they played in Dubuque.

Bass player Tom Dario said the weather was especially slow-going on Saturday, when they took off with blizzard conditions in Minnesota, too.

"Blizzard on the way down," he said. "Truck in a ditch, trailer in a ditch."

Band crew member Richard Hamlin was in the band's truck Saturday when a gust of wind from a semi-truck caused them to go off the road.

"Still real slick," he said of Sunday road conditions. "Salt on the roads isn't helping. We're going about 30 miles an hour."

Whether coming home to Eastern Iowa or just passing through, travelers found that driving conditions were about as predictable as who one might meet at a roadside rest stop.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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