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Holiday travelers hope the worst is over

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Drivers in our viewing area are competing with a nasty mix of snow and rain smack in the middle of their Thanksgiving travels. 

"Even if I had my all-season tires with not as much tread -- it's a matter of just going slowly," said Mai-Lynn Dalpe, a South Burlington resident.

Dalpe says with the bad weather rolling in -- she's glad she got her snow tires on Wednesday as the messy mix of snow and rain started slowing down some holiday travelers.

"I don't have snow tires on my car, so caution is the key word right here. So remain patient on the roads, no hurry, leave yourself plenty of time," said Gavin Williams, a holiday traveler.

VTrans says it has had crews out on the roads non-stop -- but the combination of both snow and rain made it difficult to pre-treat the roads. As temps dropped it meant more potential bad news for drivers --like black ice.

"We have just gone out and treated the roads with salt -- the roads were too wet to put brine on. But we wanted to put some sort of material on them to make sure we don't get some freezing later when it does start to drop snow," said Art Danyow of VTrans.

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

For many already out on the road -- they say no matter what wheels you are riding on -- you need to slow down when it's slippery.

"You know you see people zipping along on the interstate thinking, great I have great snow tires -- and they are going 65 or 70. It's slippery -- slow down," Dalpe said.

And with the bad weather arriving at the busiest travel time of the year -- some drivers are urging others to wait for better conditions if they can.

"To anyone who doesn't have any family to go visit or real plans -- I would just try to wait for the salt to get down. If you don't have to get anywhere -- don't go anywhere because it's still early in the season and the slush is bad," said Williams.

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