With several inches of snow on the ground and wind to blow it around, much of central Iowa was in a winter storm warning Sunday morning.
Travel wasn’t advised, which was fine for Jeremy Phillips. He decided to stay close to home, opting to get his shoveling done early and build forts with the kids.
“I can’t really think of anything I need to do. I decided to stay home, snuggle up, and have some fun,” said Phillips.
Others had places to be, but not everyone made it to their destination.
“People are driving too fast for conditions,” said Sgt. Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol.
A SUV ended up off the road just short of the Waukee exit along I-80 east while a man driving his vehicle in the west-bound lanes needed a ride home after ending up in the ditch.
Police were able to get people who lost control out of their cars and drove off the roads. Their vehicles had to stay put.
“The reason we put a tow ban in place is for the safety of the tow truck drivers, the officers responding and for the safety of the public,” said Bright.
A tow ban means tow trucks can only respond to police calls.
A semi was a priority after it jack-knifed into the median, blocking traffic along I-80 for nearly an hour.
Cars that aren’t blocking traffic will be picked up in the order the accident was reported once the ban is lifted.
Tow companies urge people to be patient.
“We’ll get there. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a tractor-trailer or in a car. We’ll get there,” said Bright.