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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -
"We are saying travel not advised. That means travel not advised. That means stay home." That was Iowa State Trooper Mark Sigwarth's comment after watching numerous cars slipping and sliding Thursday.
Despite the wind, the snow, and the slippery road conditions, some Iowans still ventured out of their homes to brave the elements Thursday.
"It's ice covered for sure. 218 is icy. The outlets onto the highways are a little iffy. Just drifting," said Carmela Thode, commuter.
Thode decided to leave her home in Janesville and head to Cedar Falls for work. She said she just wanted to see it for herself.
"Get out and get my own idea of what it's like out there. Everybody tells me oh it's alright, it's ok, but I'll try it, if it's not I will go home," said Thode.
Thode wasn't alone on Thursday, a number of people were on the roads.
"But if they do go out and going down the road and you get out of your vehicle and you're traveling and walking away from your vehicle they are not expecting to see you. They are going to hit you. They have very little control of their vehicle because of the weather and road conditions you have no protection," said Trooper Sigwarth.
Sigwarth expected to be out all day, but hopes drivers will heed his agency's advice:
"Once you get out here, you are going to wish you stayed home."
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