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Prepping for Ice



Lines at local gas stations and a packed parking lot at Hy Vee told the tale even before anything fell out of the sky.  Many in the corridor started getting ready for the ice and snow hours ahead of the first cold mist that covered the area about 4:30 Thursday afternoon.  Temperatures hovered around 34 degrees for a few hours as conditions churned between rain and freezing droplets in the Cedar Rapids area.


Airport manager Tim Bradshaw says crews began prepping for this three days ago.  Salt corrodes planes, so everything on the runways has to be potassium nitrate and by morning most jets will probably get deicer to keep the weight off the wings. Flights continues Thursday evening without significant delays as the temperature dropped to 32 by 8:00pm.  Thats when parking lots, sidewalks and any streets without much traffic started getting slick.


Truck drivers at the Caseys just off from Interstate-380 near Swisher have to make a tough call.  Some pull in for the night to wait out the storm.  But Neil Bond says hes headed east and he plans to out-run it and make it safely to Illinois later tonight. Bond says hes already spent enough time frozen in place this winter.    I wait it out a lot of times, but I was down in Denton, Texas , right on the state line of Texas and Oklahoma for four days.  It was bad.    


Forecasters warn youll want to be careful with that first step out the door in the morning because sidewalks, driveways and side streets will be especially slick and its possible youll find frozen locks on your cars and mailboxes.


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