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ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — Downtown streets in Elizabethtown were covered with ice and snow early this morning, but some people did not seem to mind.

“Oh, I think it is wonderful,” Felicia Mitchell said. “We haven’t had snow like this in a few years, and it’s real great.”

Downtown Elizabethtown was a ghost town, as crews worked through the night to try and keep major highways clear.

Mitchell works at Melton’s Restaurant on Broad Street. She says her commute to work this morning took three times longer than normal.

“This is only my second time driving in kinda weather like this, so I am kinda getting used to it,” she said.

It took more than two-and-a-half hours for our crew to drive from Wilmington to Elizabethtown. It’s a drive that usually takes a little more than a hour.

Those treacherous driving conditions are what made restaurant owner Byron Melvin nervous.

“We have ice, and people around here, they like to close for ice, but I have a couple of reliable employees. Whenever we have a storm like this, I just pick them up and we come up here and open up,” Melvin said.

Melvin says he has lived in Elizabethtown for nearly 16 years and knows that even when conditions are rough outside, there are people always in need of a warm cup of joe.

“The only time I have ever closed during this was one time on a Sunday. We lost power for about eight hours and couldn’t be open, but as long as the power is on, we will be here,” he said.

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