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Midwest drivers brave roads, but worry about weekend return


IOWA CITY (KWWL) - A wintery blast stalled holiday travel in many parts of the U.S., but we spoke with midwest motorists who were pushing through it on Wednesday. Many encountered blowing snow on Christmas Eve, but they say it's the weather on their return trip that may leave them stranded.

Kayte McNeese was worried about driving back from Illinois. "I guess back home it's pretty bad."

The wind caused poor visibility in places for Doug Bobenhouse, on his way to Des Moines to visit his family. "I'm coming back on Saturday, so I'm hoping it'll be clear."

But with some icy weather forecasted, he said getting stuck there may not be such a bad thing. "I'm not in a hurry to get back to work."

Steve Larson was headed to Indianapolis, and planning to spend Christmas Eve in Iowa City. "[Thursday's] supposed to be the best travel day. It'll be cold, but clear and dry."

Tom Jones was glad the rest of the family is coming to him this weekend. "They're going to stay with us for two days, so hopefully they'll wait out the weather with us."

Some drivers like Chuck Krambeck had already seen the worst of it, when freezing rain hit him as he left home south of Kansas City. "I turned around and went back, and thought I'd better off trying it today instead."

Jerry Doyle of Shellsburg was getting ready for a trip to San Diego that got cancelled last year. "We're not taking any chances," he told us. "We're flying to Moline, Atlanta and then straight to San Diego, so hopefully we'll bypass some of the bad weather."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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