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Road crews ready to respond to winter storm

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A messy mix of winter weather is moving through our region. Whether you are traveling on the road or in the air, it could be an icy situation for the next 24 hours.

Road crews around the region say they are ready and have plow trucks ready to respond around the clock. But the combination of snow, rain and freezing temperatures could make for dangerously slippery conditions.

"We're ready for it and we hope everyone exercises extreme caution on the roads because while it's snowing, it's going to be slippery, no matter how many of us are out there," said Vt. Transportation Secretary Brian Searles.

Officials say with more cars on the road for the holidays, that's even more reason to slow down.

Green Mountain Power officials say they are bracing for the storm as well and have added 60 lineworkers and 50 tree-trimming crews to help their staff. They say people should get ready in case the lights go out.

"Things you can do to prepare ahead, if you have your own well, you can fill a tub with water so that you have water available. And make sure you have a phone with batteries, and a flashlight with batteries," said Dotty Schnure of GMP.

The nasty weather also means bad news for travelers taking to the skies.

"Pretty bumpy flight and as we got closer to Washington, D.C., and we landed in pouring rain, came up here and landed in some snow," said Trisha Goodman, who had just landed on a flight into Burlington.

Goodman says she was lucky flying in from Oklahoma with no cancellations. And with Thanksgiving so close, Goodman says she is grateful she made it in time.

"Well I was kind of hoping I got in before everything hit because I kept looking at the weather and I was just glad to make it in before the storm hit because I've been stranded in Vermont before for some pretty big blizzards, so I just wanted to make it in for Thanksgiving," said Goodman.

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