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Vermonters dig out in dangerously cold temperatures

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

The sun came out after the storm and one of Rutland's favorite sandwich shops Gill's Delicatessen reopened, serving up grinders to customers coming in from the bitter cold. But the deli made some adjustments.

"One girl that lives in Benson couldn't make it in, and you know, just the roads were just nasty," said Kathy Gilligan Phillips of Gill's Delicatessen.

Gill's closed at 3 p.m. Thursday due to the conditions, losing out on its normally busy dinner shift. And the restaurant's Friday morning to-do list got a bit longer.

"We need to get shoveled out and cleaned up, and you know our parking lot and sidewalks and stuff all need to be cleared and for the safety of our customers," Gilligan Phillips said.

Rutland's Open Door Mission is also working overtime. The homeless shelter is in emergency mode. It's now accepting anyone in need of shelter, even though there are no beds available. They are also serving only hot meals and have changed their usual policy to allow those who are hungry to take food to go.

Travel remains tricky across Vermont. An SUV crashed on Oakland Station Road in Georgia. Police say the driver lost control on the slick road, rolled the vehicle on its side, and then slid roof-first into a utility pole. Two people were hospitalized.

"Salting is not working right now obviously, because it's too cold. There's still a lot of icy patches out there. Intersections are particularly slippery," Rutland City Police Lt. Kevin Geno said.

Police warn that although some roads may look clear, there are still hidden dangers.

"You're gonna come across icy patches on any roadway, especially where the sun doesn't get to the road," Geno said.

Law enforcement says people have been playing it safe, at least when it comes to keeping ice and snow off their vehicles, and should continue to do so.

At the Burlington Airport, bags are arriving before passengers do. About 25 percent of flights due in are canceled. A couple of departing flights from Burlington are also grounded and one is delayed. It's having a significant impact on travelers like Michael Inbund. He's trying to get back to California after vacationing in Vermont with his wife and another couple. They may be stuck an extra three days.

"We'd like to get home," Inbund said. "I had to cancel two days of work. And we have a memorial service on Sunday we can't go to. So, it's frustrating. But safety is the most important thing."

Vermonters who have braved these storms before say it comes with the territory.

"This is weather in Vermont and this is what we have to do," Gilligan Phillips said.

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