Commuters take caution: Overnight ice, snow complicates morning travel

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A storm is sweeping through the Rochester region and the icy roads, poor visibility and accumulating snow fall has caused multiple schools and organizations to close for the day.

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Josh Navarro takes us to the streets to show how the rain from Thursday evening has turned to ice and snow on Friday morning.

A thick sheet of ice has not only covered the roads, but cars as well. The commute deserves extra time on the roads, but also extra time for the car to defrost and be safe on the roads. Jim Edwards is heading to Philadelphia and had to change his travel plans.

“My debate is should I go 390 south towards Scranton. I’m actually going to do that instead of going to Syracuse and then down 81 because it looks a lot worse that way,” said Jim Edwards.

Other drivers expected the strong snowfall.

“I am because I planned 30 minutes ahead,” said Kimmie Primo of Rochester. 

While the constant snow possibly caused headaches, for some shoveling the snow from their driveway is therapeutic.

“It’s quiet, you get to think a little bit, it’s alright with me. ‘what were you thinking this morning? ” it’s a lot of it. I’m out here getting you know me time that’s all it is,” said Will Ellington.

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A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Orleans, Monroe & Wayne counties through 6am Saturday. The snow will be heaviest today from roughly 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., so the impacts will be high on those heading to work and school today. At times snowfall rates may be on the order of an 1″ or so per hour .

Several schools along with the Rochester City School District are celebrating a snow day on Friday.

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