PLEASE, people... just follow the detour signs.
In addition to yesterday's problems, Iowa Street is the new mess. I didn't have my camera handy, but as I was coming south from 15th on Iowa I came upon about a dozen cars backed up south of 14th. Some of them were stuck, some sliding around, and several couldn't make it up the hill. It was much more traffic than normal for Iowa Street, so I'm sure many of them were more "smart" detour avoiders. I bet they were all thinking how smart their short cut was. Detours plus the usual lack of winter driving skills has apparently overloaded many local drivers.
The city doesn't use detour signs just to screw with people; they use them because that route is the most logical and safe way to get around the road closure. Rather than trying to weave your way through unplowed residential streets, just follow the nice orange signs and use the plowed arterial streets.
Edit: As you may have noticed the last couple days, bad drivers are one of my pet peeves.