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Iowa State Patrol provides tips to stay safe ahead of next snowstorm

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Monday's snow storm was one of the most dangerous days on Iowa roads in recent memory.

All told, there were 185 crashes that left eight dead.

"In 20 years, I've never seen numbers like that before," said Trooper Jon Stickney.

He says crashes like we saw all across the state are usually caused by two things.

"One, driving too fast for road conditions and following too close. We urge motorists to think, what if?  What if there's a crash in front of me? If I can't see five feet in front of my vehicle, am I going to be able to stop in time?"

With more snow on the way, Stickney and law enforcement all across the state are hoping we don't get a repeat of what we saw Monday.

"The first hour of the snow storm is very important to realize that it's the most critical, because that's when most of our crashes occur, most of our dangerous crashes and fatalities, because highway speeds are still up," he said.

So what can you do to stay safe in those types of conditions?

"Keep your speeds down. Give yourself a large enough following distance as far as feet goes. The rule of thumb is three car lengths in normal conditions. If you don't want to be behind a vehicle for six, seven car lengths, be as safe as possible," Stickney said.

KWWL will be providing comprehensive coverage as this storm rolls through.

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