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Day After Blizzard, Roads Still Impassable


Even though the storm dropped less snow the farther east from the Quad Cities you travel, high winds have been a big part of the problem.

Poor visibility and slick roads caused two semi's to jack knife on highway 78 between Kewanee and Annawan.

Quickly causing that road to become impassable.

Many drivers across the QCA struggled to get around, hoping to find clear roads. In many places though, the struggle lasted far beyond the storm's end.

"He's been fighting that in my driveway for about an hour," says Chris Jagers about a stuck pickup truck driver.

Jagers has seen plenty of storms blow past his stretch of highway 78. It always battles drifts, but this storm was different.

"Yeah but not so fast, it happened in a couple hours, I barely made it home yesterday, from Wyanet."

Even when a driver could be freed from the snow's grasp, the bottleneck kept reminding travelers how important this road is.

"I just can't believe how much traffic is on this road, till it's bottled up, I see it everyday but until it's bottled up your just like never see it," says Jagers.

highway 78 has turned into more of a one way road instead of a two lane state highway, with so much snow covering it, even when the plows do go through the wind blows it right back again."

"The state usually put a snow fence up about a half mile outside of town, this year the snow plow drivers told me they didn't put on up this year," says Annawan resident Junior Meier.

A state employee says the drift fences were too worn out to be put up this year. Meier says that's too bad, because they helped keep the road clear.

"When we get a good wind it blows right across there's some higher banks on there and it comes right across and then it'll slick it up pretty good," says Meier.

Driver's brave enough to travel highway 78 did get a reprieve, a snow plow was able to force it's way through. Opening up the road until the wind claims it again.

"It's been a memorable day to say the least," says Jagers.

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