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MASON CITY, Iowa - For a 4-hour period Wednesday morning and the early part of the afternoon, if your vehicle slid off into the ditch or just got stuck, you were out of luck.
A tow ban was issued by Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Mindy Coe around 9:45 a.m., but as conditions slightly improved, the ban was lifted around 1:40 in the afternoon.
Mason City resident Mike Anderson recognizes the importance of the ban, and knows it's implementation is meant for a good reason.
"If the plows are pulled off the roads and it's bad enough that the cars should be off the road," Anderson says.
In addition, Anderson says the public should limit travel when a ban is in effect to reduce headaches.
"It would be smart for people to stay off the road, if they're not able to get themselves out of the ditch, and just wait until it's nicer out," Anderson adds.
Iowa State Patrol also issued a tow ban for 12 counties in Northwest Iowa on Wednesday due to the storm, which has also since been lifted.