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Drivers Cautious After Snow Causes Crashes

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Sunday's snowfall, while expected, caught some drivers in the Corridor by surprise.

A little snow made for a big mess on the interstates, where semi trucks jack knifed and several cars spun out, making it a busy day for state police.

But the snow didn't keep some drivers, like Mike Fox, off the road. He and his daughters made the trek to Parlor City -- braving the cold for a cone -- on the ice cream parlor's last day of business for the season.

"Yeah, it's our favorite place, so we hated to see it close on the last day and not have us here," Fox said.

Then again, Fox is a bit of an anomaly.

"I kind of like driving in the snow," he said.

Fox said most drivers were taking their time. That included 15-year-old Zack Greene's mother, who surprised her son with her ability to navigate a wintery roadway.

"She's actually been really careful. I'm actually surprised at her driving skills," Greene said.

That Greene plenty of time to look out the window and check out the driving conditions.

"It's been crazy. I saw a semi almost hit a car, two semis almost collide," he said.

That's in addition to the four semis that jack knifed on I-80 just west of Marengo, underscoring the danger of the day's conditions.

Doug Davis has been driving his truck for 20 years, and said cars really need to be aware of how close they are to big rigs, especially in the winter.

"A lot of them get in the blind spot, you can't see them, and that's where you get into accidents, because you can't see them and then you go to move over (and can't)," Davis said.

Cedar Rapids Public Works director Craig Hanson said, it's time to drive defensively, whether it's on the highway, or at a neighborhood intersection.

"On this first major snows of the year, there are many accidents where people haven't gauged how far the stopping distance is, so ensuring the other guy is out of the intersection first, before entering, is key," Hanson said.

Plows were out clearing arterial streets in Cedar Rapids all day, and more came on shift at 8 p.m. on Sunday. People can expect to see plows clearing the neighborhood streets on Monday afternoon, Hanson said.
 
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