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Vermont braces for ice storm

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

"We're gearing up for what could a long, wet and slippery weekend," Vt. State Police Capt. Paul White said.

A possible ice storm is coming which could impact Vermonters this weekend. Vermont State Police and Green Mountain Power are advising residents and drivers to take caution. Ice storms cause damage by weighing down trees and power lines, and making conditions on the road more than slippery.

"There are some comparisons being made to the ice storm of 1998," White said.

If the forecast models hold true, it could be the worst ice storm to hit the Champlain Valley since the great ice storm of 1998. That storm lasted four days, coating our region in ice and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people.

Some drivers found tricky spots already.

"We're reaching that time of day where temperatures are dropping, traffic is increasing and I'm sure that it's going to pick up this evening," White said.

Officials at Green Mountain Power advise Vermonters to brace themselves for the possibility of power outages. GMP says they are tracking the storm, and crews are standing by and ready to go to restore any outages.

"We started actually several days ago preparing for the possibility of this coming. We've got our crews lined up and ready to work. And we've also made arrangements for 400-plus additional line workers and tree trimming workers to come in and help us restore power just as quickly as possible," said Dotty Schnure of GMP.

Drivers are urged to be careful. Ramps and bridges are the first to ice up. Friday evening, icy conditions already had state police urging drivers to stay off Interstate 89 between Exits 10 and 16.

As for the airways, there were two flight delays at Burlington International Airport Friday evening when this story was published.

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