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Blizzard conditions bring added challenge for snowplow drivers

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Blizzard-like conditions pummeled the Hawkeye State Thursday, leading to over 150 accidents statewide and treacherous road conditions.

Iowa City ended the day with five inches of fresh snow. Wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour also howled through the city.

This led to added challenges for the city's 26 snowplow drivers.

"You include the blowing snow as well and that will make us have to stay on our arterial roads more often," Brock Holub said, streets superintendent for Iowa City.

Holub said he was concerned about snowdrifts sliding across the roadway on the outskirts of town, which could make some roads impassible. But he said that is more of a problem on rural county roads.

"One of the main issues is the snow we have piled on the side of the road is so high due to all the previous events," Holub said.

In the streets of downtown, though, snow blowing off of rooftops impacted visibility for his teams.

The city has two teams of 13 drivers that each have their own designated route. Holub said everyone would be out until roughly 11 p.m. Thursday and then back again early Friday morning.