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Monday storm leaves Tuesday mess

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The roads were covered with snow and ice this morning causing headaches for the morning commute. Drivers who did brave the icy roads had to be careful to get to their destination safely.

Streets were covered with ice and snow left over from Monday's winter storm. Folks who weren't lucky enough to get another day off were left out in the cold.

"We got three different people going in three different directions," Jim Baggett said as he got three cars ready in New Hanover County Tuesday.

Baggett said he had a lot to do because his family did not drive in the snow the day before.

"I'm gonna be real careful, 'cause I know from experience from this area that people can move around, but they can't stop as quick, because they hit patches of ice, and that's always a concern in this area," he said.

Baggett said even though crews cleared most of the main roads, he was most concerned with the side roads.

Amy Anderson, an employee at the Exxon station on Market Street, said she thinks business was slower than usual because people were afraid to drive.

"We opened the store around 5:30 (a.m.), and we didn't get our first customer until 6:45," Anderson said.

Although she didn't have far to go, Anderson said her drive was a breeze.

"My morning commute actually was not bad," she said. "I thought it was going to be icy, and I brought my friend's Jeep in preparation for that, but the roads were clear this morning, and I had no problems."

But that was not the case for everyone. Deputies shut down the overpass from US 74/76 to US 17 in Leland because of ice. They finally reopened it around noon as the temperature climbed above freezing.

The Department of Transportation has worked tirelessly to keep roads clear and open to traffic, with many folks working through the night. But with another night of cold temperatures forecast, it could be another icy commute tomorrow

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