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Snow plow operators hone their skills weeks before winter

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

With temperatures still in the 70's it's a little early for us to be thinking about snow but some Iowans have to prepare weeks in advance. 

Snow plow operators from nine different cities have been training in Cedar Rapids over the last three days. 

Today drivers maneuvered their plows through an obstacle course backwards while weaving through cones. 

Some celebrity guest were on hand to give the course a try like Cedar Rapids police investigator and former winner on the show Survivor,  Sarah Lacina. 

"Anyone who can get out there and do this successfully and not damage anything, you've got my vote for sure, you're not getting voted off the island," she told us. 

The snow plow "Roadeo " is part of the three day training backed by the American Public Works Association.

Eighty drivers participated. 

"Twenty years ago when I started it was pretty much hey Matt here's the keys, we'll see you back at 8 o' clock tonight when your routes done. I'd never been in a plow truck before," says Matt Dolan, Operator in West Des Moines. 

"Liability wise you can't really do that anymore so passing that knowledge on to these new operators is really key," he added. 

A couple of Cedar Rapids Roughriders also took a wack at the course along with their head coach Mark Carlson. 

"It's tough it was a lot bigger than you realize I think and I knocked a lot of stuff over but it was fun," says Dalton Messina. 

A nod to the talented snow plow operators that clear our streets and manage not to hit our mailboxes. 

Drivers from Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Johnston, Mount Vernon, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines and the University of Northern Iowa participated. 

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