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(01/07/14) - By now, you've probably heard plenty of safety warnings for people to stay inside Tuesday.

Despite the warnings, for many, that just wasn't possible.

It was -9 degrees at 4:34 a.m. It was enough to make even the bravest of winter warriors wince.

"Your nose pinches together as soon as you take a breath, and your fingers feel like they're going to fall off," said Tammy Trombley, early morning commuter.

"It just takes your breath away," said Ben Shepard.

Center Road in Burton looked more like center ice on a skating rink.

"The roads are slick," said early morning commuter, Jason Barden. "I don't know, it's just what you expect out of Michigan, right?"

From those we spoke with, getting behind the wheel wasn't a choice - it was a necessity.

"I'm on my way to work. Gotta make the money," Barden said.

On a frigid morning like this, just getting a car to start was a challenge in itself.

"It was just barely cranking. If it wouldn't have turned over, I would have called in to work," one driver said.

As far as wardrobe's, think substance over style.

"About 15 different layers of clothes. Right now, I have four upper and three lower. I don't remember it being this cold," Trombley said.

Shepard didn't bother with a jacket, he just wanted his blanket instead.

"I'm actually going to go home and go to bed. That's my plan to stay warm for the day," he said.

Wednesday morning is supposed to be a little warmer - but not much. That could make for another interesting commute.

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