Winter hard on windshields

AFFTON, Mo. - Call this the winter of the flying ice. Warmer temperatures are melting huge chunks of snow and ice off the roofs of some cars and trucks.

Some of those chunks are causing damage to other cars on the roads, and it's been big business for windshield replacement companies.

Gregory Nowlin Sr. owns Autoglass Xpress in Affton. He tells us business is up about 20 percent because of the hard winter. He says about half of his customers now have had their windshields smashed by flying ice, including his own son, Gregory Nowlin Jr.

Nowlin Jr. says he nearly wrecked his car when it was hit by ice on Interstate 44.

"It was like an old Chevy van, and a piece of ice came off the roof of their car and it was a huge piece of ice, and it hit my windshield and smashed it," he said.

Missouri has no state laws requiring you to clean the ice and snow off your car. Some municipalities require drivers to make sure their view isn't obstructed.

It is state law in Illinois.


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