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The only time I could see well in front of me was when there was lighting.
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It was the blizzard of 2011 up here in the Northern Illinois, near Chicago. It was dark, windy and snowing like crazy. I had been around to a few of our snow accounts in town and it was hard enough to get around.

Then, my boss called me and asked me to head about five miles outside of town in the rural Yorkville area. At first, I was hesitant to head out there, but my boss insisted, so off I went.

Once I got out of town, instantly I couldn't see anything. I wasn't very familiar with the roads, so didn't know where the edges were. All I could see was about a 40-foot wide drift across the road. The only time I could see well in front of me was when there was lighting.

While I was probably about 1.5 miles from my destination, I began losing sight of what was in front of me. I got about three feet off the road into a ditch, just enough for my front end and plow to sink right in. I was stuck good.

I called my boss and told him what was going on and he said to get unstuck. After sitting for 3 hours in this spot getting out every 15 mins to try and dig out, a state plow truck came by and told me the road is closed. He then picked me up and took me back to town. After all the crazyness was over, I went back out to get the truck. One of the doors was not shut all the way and snow had drifted inside the truck too.

After a bunch of tugging and digging, a state plow showed up and was nice enough to yank me out. Finally, the ordeal was over. This was my first full year running a truck. Now I know better than to get involved in that kind of a mess. That was by far the worst plow situation I have been in and hopefully that doesn't happen again.

My best advice: if you can't see, don't know the road and don't know how deep the snow is, just stay back. I plow my own truck now and run a 9-foot Ultramount 2 on a 2007 RAM 3500, and it's the best combo I have plowed with.

The only time I could see well in front of me was when there was lighting.

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