‘A recipe for disaster’: Iowa State Patrol warns drivers to stay at home Thursday if they can

Published: Feb. 3, 2021 at 10:41 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - With snow, ice, wind, and cold all forecasted to roll into eastern Iowa on Thursday, the Iowa State Patrol is warning drivers to stay off the roads if they can.

“With all those things combined together, it’s just a recipe for disaster,” Trooper Bob Conrad said.

If they have to hit the road, he cautions drivers keep plenty of distance from other cars, don’t follow too closely, and take it slow.

“One of the biggest things that can get people in trouble in icy and snowy conditions is the fact that they end up trying to rush to work,” Conrad said. “If you’re going to leave late, you’re going to be late, and just plan on that.”

And even before that, Conrad advises people to charge their phones and fill up their gas tanks.

“You’d be amazed how often in snowstorms that I’ll have people that do just that. They’re running on fumes, and they end up running out of gas,” he said.

Conrad said state troopers are preparing to likely work long shifts Thursday.

But it could still take a while for troopers to get to drivers stranded along the highway, so he recommended people keep warm clothes or a blanket in their car in case they have to wait.

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