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UPDATE: Tow ban issued in Black Hawk County

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Black Hawk County issued a town ban on Friday afternoon, meaning the Sheriff's Office will not tow vehicles until the storm has passed. They say it's too dangerous because of road conditions and low visibility.

Many chose to stay indoors and avoid potential traffic problems, while others just started a bit earlier in the day.

"About 7:30 I get on the road and travel to my first call. Usually it's down around Waverly area," said driver Emmett Hutchison of Nashua.

Hutchison woke up a little early, just in case the weather was truly as bad as predicted.

"Well, I knew they said 1-6 inches, and I guess you're always surprised at how much snow is on the ground," he chuckled.

The snow on the ground turned into blowing snow and white-out conditions on Highway 218.

Late in the morning, it seemed the roads were improving. There were very few cars in the ditch, and many more plows on the highway.

In Janesville, truck driver Chris Becker, was heading north into the heart of the storm. He said things got worse as he drove through Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

"One lane's open, the other one is closed. Sometimes you can see, sometimes you can't," he explained.

Becker is a professional driver, and he knows when enough is enough. He says this storm really doesn't compare with what he's dealt with in the past.

"December last year I ran through three blizzards. One of them was 17 inches. It gets that bad, we shut down, go to sleep," he said.

Major roadways in eastern Iowa continue to be partially or mostly covered with snow. Click here for road conditions.

Friday afternoon, Becker plans to take his time and hopefully get home before nightfall.

"My plan is to get home. I haven't been there since Sunday. Go home!" he laughed.

Meteorologists predicted anywhere from trace amounts up to 8 inches of snow will fall Friday, depending on where you live in eastern Iowa.

Much of the area was under a Winter Storm Warning throughout the day. Click here for the latest Watches and Warnings for eastern Iowa.

More than 100 schools cancelled in anticipation of the storm. And many cities have issued snow emergencies in an effort to clear the streets. The policies for snow emergencies vary from city to city, so contact your local government for details. Click here for closings and cancellations.

 

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