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Drivers, road crews brave the storm

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Mother Nature hit hard across our region Wednesday in a storm many Vermonters have been hoping for. While the steady snowfall is wrapping, crews are still out on the roads playing catch up from a slippery day of travel.

Katryna Swartwout clears off her car at the Richmond Park and Ride after a long day of steady snowfall.

"Well, I knew the bad weather was coming today, so I made the decision to take the bus into Burlington when I can," said Swartwout.

Swartwout says she hoped the bus would be a more reliable way to get around during the storm, but it was slow going for everyone on the road. She guesses the buses were running at least 40 minutes late.

The light and fluffy snow was deceivingly slippery for some.

"It's very bad. We have to be very careful on the road and we should be aware that in these conditions. The vehicles are not totally in your control, so you need to be careful," said Akil Agrawl of Essex Junction.

The storm created issues all across the state -- like up in Milton, where a plow truck collided with a pickup truck. The Milton Fire Department says the driver of the truck had to be extricated from the vehicle for possible back and neck injuries.

Despite heavy accumulation, VTrans officials say this fresh blanket of snow was a breeze compared to what we've seen so far this winter.

"This is actually a typical storm for us, we like these kinds of storms. One that's straight snow coming at us, no rain, no freezing rain or ice involved," said David Blackmore of VTrans.

During a storm like this, VTrans officials say if you don't need to hit the roads -- then don't.

"It's blowing snow sideways pretty much. I don't plan on going out again tonight, and it's been looking like this pretty much all day. So I would say stay at home and stay warm," laughs Swartwout.

A parking ban is in effect Wednesday night in Burlington and Winooski for snow removal.

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