Winter Storm Makes Driving Difficult In Western Iowa

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

While the metro got a few inches of snow overnight, in parts of Western Iowa some people saw up to six inches. Channel 6 News took a drive to Glenwood to check out the conditions.

Driving from Council Bluffs to Glenwood on I-29 Wednesday morning, the roads were mostly plowed, but there were signs that things were rough for drivers overnight in the snowy conditions. We came across several vehicles deserted on the side of the road. A truck was even turned over onto its side.

Then as we approached Glenwood it was a sea of winter white. Pete Besch describes what it was like leaving work around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. “I drove home and I drove by the power plant. It wasn’t too bad, but by the time I got to the rest area it was coming down pretty good.”

Besch didn’t have any issues, but he had a big task ahead of him. He was plowing some sidewalks and driveways in his neighborhood, which received four to six inches of snow. “If I never see snow again it wouldn’t hurt my feelings."

While this snow day meant extra work for Besch, it meant a day off for 10-year-old Kiley Zielinski. “I plan on playing in the snow, then staying inside and drinking hot chocolate.”

We also checked some of the neighborhood roads and traffic there seemed to be moving slowly, but smoothly. “The roads are grated pretty well, they put salt on them, so they’ll melt and be in good shape,” said Leon Portrey.

This snow day is something they’re used to in Glenwood and Portrey said he doesn’t mind. “It’s pretty typical for Iowa for the end of January.”

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