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Snow, ice make for dangerous driving conditions

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(01/02/14) - The snow has been making the roads a mess all day.

The Genesee County Road Commission says they hit the primary roads at least once and will go back over them.

They have 20 to 35 people working per shift. Crews will take a break at 11 p.m., then go back out.

John Daly, of the Genesee County Road Commission, said they won't be able to get to some of the side streets until Friday. They do have enough salt and Daly said the salt is working.

The snow and ice also made for a dangerous Thursday morning commute. More than 40 accidents were reported in Genesee County before noon.

"The ice is the worst. You can't see it and you just start drifting around," said driver Lee Hartson.

"They're slick. We've seen a lot cars off the road," said driver Amanda Danderbyl.

A jack-knifed semi along I-69 slowed traffic for a while near Swartz Creek. The driver was OK, but the scene left other travelers on edge.

"Get your hands to relax because you're white-knuckling it," Hartson said.

"We've pulled over quite frequently, about every hour I pull over and just stretch and relax and then get back on the road," said driver Charles Reder.

"Wet snow kicking off the road just makes it hard to see out the windshield as you're going past," Danderbyl said.

Reder was trying to make it home to Bay City from Oklahoma in this weather. He says conditions have been horrible for most of his drive.

"Ever since we got to Illinois, we haven't been able to go over 40 miles per hour," he said.

"We're on our way to New York and we knew the roads were gonna be bad, so we're just taking it slow and making our way," Danderbyl said.

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