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Early morning commuters plow their way around Genesee County

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(01/05/14) - While conditions were certainly better by noon Monday, that wasn't the case just a few hours ago.

While the call was put out for people to stay off the roads Monday morning, for some, that just wasn't an option.

Mark Rice was one of a handful of brave souls, plowing his way around Genesee County early Monday morning.

"It's very eery out here. It's all plow guys out on the road right now. The county isn't even out right now. It's pretty scary actually," he said.

Cars on the street were few and far between, and those that were making the rounds were moving pretty slowly. Drivers we spoke with made it clear - getting around wasn't easy.

"Horrible. When I finally got out of my driveway, it was OK, but it's pretty bad out," said Chris Boutiler.

"It's two tracks and you have cars coming at you, and you do not have a chance to get out of the way," said John Trombley.

Despite the warnings to stay home, Trombley had no choice but to hit the road.

"I have to go to work, and that's in Ann Arbor, so that's going to be a fun trip down. I'm going to see how far I get. If it's like last Thursday, I might not get very far," he said.

He wasn't the only one facing a long and snowy commute.

"Fifty miles. I have to drive to Troy, that's why I'm fueling up. Just in case. I can stay warm if I get stuck," said Dominick Bell.

While the roads were bad, many said they have driven through similar conditions before.

"Back in 1975 with that storm, I remember being on Dort Highway, and back in '67, I remember snow drifts as high as a house," Trombley said.

Roads across Genesee County are beginning to look more drivable as the day moves along, but with temperatures continuing to fall, Tuesday morning's commute could be just as dicey.

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