Treacherous Driving Conditions In Ames

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AMES, Iowa -- A lot of people are staying indoors tonight after snow slammed Ames.

Many of those who did venture out regretted it. Like the driver of an SUV that we found flipped on it's top. The driver apparently underestimated just how treacherous driving conditions were.

The woman was pretty shaken up, but was not seriously hurt. William Koppen of Ames was driving right behind her and saw the whole thing.

"She started fishtailing and hit the curb and when she hit the curb she over corrected and flipped her car on to her top here." Koppen said,  "The first thing I did was pulled over and jumped out of the car and helped her. It's the only right thing to do."

ISU student Paul Uhing is doing the right thing too. He was supposed to drive home to Milwaukee tonight for Thanksgiving, but because of this snow he's putting off the trip till  "Probably Sunday at the earliest. Just let the roads clear." Uhing said, "Because I have to head to the east and that's where it's headed so.."

While we found a lot of people grumbling about the weather and the inconvenience of it all, we found some snow lovers too. Like seven year old Delilah Valline, who was enjoying snowball fight with her mother.  "We're throwing snowballs at each other." She tells us, "Because it's very good packing snow."

A snow ordinance remains in effect in the city of Ames tonight. That means cars parked along snow routes could be ticketed or towed. The ordinance will remain in effect until the streets are plowed from curb to curb.


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