January 17, 2017

Drivers apparently learned their lessons from last week’s icy conditions — there were no crashes reported in the past two days caused by ice, according to city, county and state law-enforcement officers.

“We were sitting on pins and needles yesterday, but nothing happened,” Carroll County Sheriff Ken Pingrey said today. “I just think everybody was a little more prepared for this ice storm than the one before.”

The freezing rain started about 9 p.m. Sunday, and widespread ice accumulation of more than ¼ inch was reported in the Carroll area as of Monday morning.

Schools cancelled classes and some businesses in Carroll told their employees to stay home for the day, which stemmed the possible crashes, Police Chief Brad Burke said.

Pingrey and Burke said there were no ice-related crashes. The Iowa State Patrol responded to one report of semitrailer trucks that had become stuck on Iowa Highway 141 and blocked traffic near Coon Rapids.

It was a stark contrast to the fallout of last week’s ice — which caught many residents off-guard — that led to a dozen reports of crashed or stranded vehicles.