The Iowa State Patrol responded to 128 crashes within 48 hours last weekend due to the snow storm and Iowa State Troopers responded to 182 service calls due to the hazardous travel conditions.
With 4 to 5 inches of snow expected to cover the region beginning Friday evening and into Saturday, Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer provided some information and tips regarding winter driving conditions.
Ver Meer said road conditions depend on the type of snow. A “fluffy” snow can cause whiteout conditions. Rain prior to snow creates a layer of ice underneath the snow. Slushy snow packs down and solidifies, creating dangerous conditions for travel.
“It becomes just like ice,” said Ver Meer.
“If you don’t have to go, don’t go. If the roads are bad, it’s not worth it. If you don’t have to be there, just stay home,” said Ver Meer.
Ver Meer said it is important for commuters to be prepared and practice safe winter driving skills. He advised drivers to notify someone of their destination and the route to be traveled.
For safety, Ver Meer said motorists should prepare their vehicles with proper winter equipment such as an ice scraper, a small shovel, blankets, food and water.
Motorists who find themselves in need of help during a snowstorm , Ver Meer suggested to call local police, Sheriff’s office, Iowa State Highway Patrol or 911.
“Make sure you try and stay in your vehicle if possible and wait for help to arrive,” said Ver Meer.
Motorists can check road conditions before driving at 511ia.org or call 511.