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Drivers Brace for Snow and Winter Conditions

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LEE COUNTY, Ia. (WGEM) -

Are you ready for the first big snow of the season?

the storm may not bring much snow, but those high winds could make driving difficult and dangerous Thursday.

Snow lovers, rejoice.

"I like to have a little snow right before Christmas," said Kayley Hirschman.

"I like to get the four wheel drive and hit the big snow," said Justin Mason.

But Sergeant Clint Wray with the Lee County Sheriff's Office says - when the mercury in the thermometer drops, sometimes driving gets a little sloppy. Especially when winter conditions - haven't been seen in several months.

"People kind of forget how to drive because it's the first snow and all, they forget to give themselves enough stopping distance," he said.

WGEM rode along with Wray Wednesday afternoon - as he pointed out some of the roadways that could be potentially treacherous in wintry weather. He says overpasses tend to freeze quickly and cause sliding, and certain intersections can be a little slippery - but he stopped at a gravel road - saying sometimes back country roads can be especially dangerous - namely in drifting conditions.

He said, "Those gravel roads can have ice, and if you have two or three layers of snow over the ice, it can be very difficult driving conditions - so if you can drive on the hard top roads where the plows have been, I would suggest doing that."

But he says, no matter the type of road - there are some basic driving tips to avoid winter collisions. Tips - that many drivers know well.

"I try to keep a good distance between me and the car in front of me, just in case they need to stop quickly or I do," said Hirschman.

"Slow down and be aware of everything," said Mason.

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