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Storm makes Thanksgiving travel tricky

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

"Well, we are headed to Boston right now," traveler Matthew Odachowski said. "We both got out of work early just to sort of get a jump on the storm and avoid the ice hopefully."

Odachowski says his family didn't want to take the chance and wait to see what the storm could bring our way. So they fueled up and took of early, but they worry about what a storm could mean for others hitting the roads.

"We don't want to miss seeing family, and I have a lot of family in the car and my dogs are in the car and everyone, so we want to keep everyone safe," Odachowski said.

And for travelers who are taking to the skies for Thanksgiving, they, too, say they are grateful they have beaten the storm so far.

"I am so happy that things are working out right in this beautiful state of Vermont where things always seem to work out right," traveler Hilla Damm said.

"I am really glad that there is less snow here than there was at my house, and we are headed to Tampa and so far everything looks good," traveler Heidi Hill said.

As temperatures continue to drop into the evening, that could turn roads to ice.

Vermont State Police say Route 110 in Tunbridge was ice and slush covered Wednesday morning when a driver lost control and ended up in the river. He was taken to the hospital with possible back injuries.

VTrans says they've had crews out in full force salting the roads and prepping for the worst. But say the constant rain prevented them from brining the roads in anticipation of black ice.

"It's a real challenge because you've got so many variables over a short period of time and you have to attack them different. Dry snow you can treat and melt and plow off, but the ice-- sometimes you can't see it," said Art Danyow of VTrans.

VTrans says rain all day Wednesday means they were unable to brine the roads and prep for possible ice. But they say they will continue to salt the roads and hope for the best from Mother Nature.

Drivers who still need to get their winter tires on may want to call ahead. One service station told us they are booked for more than a week.

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