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Early spring snow cripples travel in Tri-States

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It may be Spring, but when many in the Tri-States woke up to see a fresh layer of snow on the ground Sunday morning, many people had to call for help. 

When traveling on the highway, visibility was a concern.  With the high winds, the snow was to blame for covered signs and people running off the road.  But Robert Anderson used the snow to help stay on the road. 
 
"It gives it weight with it not being a 4-wheel drive pickup. Every year I do that. I ask somebody when they're cleaning the parking lot to  put the snow in it and then I've never went off the road using that technique," Anderson said.  
 
Before he travels across Missouri, he knows it can be dangerous. 
 
"Anytime I've had a close encounter, it's been within a couple miles of here, so yes I'm careful. I try to stay away from them as much as I can," he said.  
 
Peter's Towing truck driver Michael Goldenstein took calls all day helping people get their cars off the roads, but even he said he didn't expect this. 
 
"I really wasn't prepared for the weather that we were having today. I really thought this was something that was going to dissipate and blow over and just turn into a wet rain," he said.  
 
Before people venture out in bad conditions, he said they should think of other people in addition to their own safety. 
 
"When the weather conditions are bad, I believe that we need to take in mind that not only are we risking your own lives, you're also risking the ones who have to come out and rescue you," Goldenstein said.  
 
What a difference a year can make.  On March 24, 2012, the high was 70 degrees.
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