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Snow slows down Vt. morning commute

December 6, 2016 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The weather on Monday led to delays for several flights out of Burlington and keeping your car on the road was tough.

The snow started in the Champlain Valley around 5:15 a.m. It accumulated quickly as much as an inch an hour in some places turning the roads into slippery messes.

“My commute in was quite interesting. Traffic was backed up, just have to travel 3 miles to work and it almost took me two hours going around the long way for whatever reason, it was just backed up. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary except a ton of cars all piled up,” said Mark Spillane, Colchester.

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Because the roads were dry before the snow started to fly, the Vermont Agency of Transportation couldn’t treat them ahead of time. It was the perfect storm for a commuting nightmare.

“The snow was all the right moisture coming down onto a cold pavement, first few vehicles that went over it ironed it down and made it just like ice,” said David Blackmore, VTrans.

And the plows, he says were slowed down by the cars that were slowed down by the ice packed roads. On Route 7 through Sunny Hollow in Colchester at about 9 a.m. A VTrans truck arrived to salt the hill, to allow backed up traffic to make it up the slippery slope.

There were dozens of accidents, cars and trucks sliding off the road.

WOKO’s morning team encourages listeners to call in when traffic gets dicey, they call it the phone patrol. This morning they say they had hundreds of people call in to report traffic tie-ups.

It was a very busy morning.

“It started out slow but within 10 to 15 minutes everything had changed and we probably took 200 phone calls in the first hour and a half alone. By the time we got off the air they just kept coming and there were more accidents being reported all over the Champlain Valley,” said Rod Hill from WOKO.

In Morrisville, a tractor-trailer full of hardware supplies slid off Route 100 closing the road for a while.

“Roughly nine this morning got called to a tractor-trailer unit rolled over on its side into a pole, driver was out of the vehicle,” said Shawn Goodell, Morrisville Fire Department.

And a woman driving a car had to be helped out of the vehicle after it rolled over in Irasburg.

VTrans once again put out the call for folks to steer clear of plow trucks and let them do their jobs and pace yourself because it is only December.

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