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Scary drive for morning commuters

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – "This is not a very wet snow, this is going to be a dry snow," said KLTV Meteorologist Grant Dade.

Dade says that dry snow, combined with subfreezing temperatures, can create a perfect storm out on the roadways, and not just on bridges and overpasses.

"You'll have cars driving over this, and the cars and the heat from the cars will melt the snow, and whenever the cars are gone, what's there is going to freeze almost instantly," Dade said.

That's exactly what happened; snow, not only on the sides of the roads, but this time, frozen to the roads themselves.

Morning commuters tried to navigate their way through the slippery road conditions.

"When the light turns green, you gotta go about 5 to 10. There's a lot of traction problems, but once you get going, you just kind of coast. You don't speed up, you don't slow down until you get to the light," says motorist Shannon Wingfield.

Another motorist, Gail Henton said, "I've seen people spinning out, but I haven't at all. The whole key is to keep the car in low gear and go slow."

Some drivers spun out left stranded in the middle of the road.

Mark Loftis says he's just glad he made it this far, "When I walked outside I didn't think I was going to get out of my driveway. The main thing is the snow pack. You have to be extremely careful and it becomes like a sheet of ice."

And that thick, slick snow is expected to stick around through the night.

"Don't be in a hurry. Don't think just because the road looks safe, it is safe," advised Loftis.

None of the drivers we talked to were involved in any accidents, but almost all of them passed by several.

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