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Transportation crews brace for possible messy morning commute

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First there was the cold, now there's snow and even the potential for freezing rain.

City and state crews from Washington to Oregon are prepping for what could be a messy morning commute.

Just a little bit of freezing rain could make for a dangerous drive.

That's why both ODOT and WDOT are warning drivers to be careful.

They say icy roads are difficult to treat but even more importantly could spell trouble for drivers. They want to remind drivers that four-wheel or all-wheel drive will not give you more traction on ice.

If you end up getting stuck, crews ask that you not abandon your car. They say not only does this delay emergency responders, but it will get towed. Instead, stay in your car, call for help and wait until it arrives.

In preparation, crews have been deicing roads all last week, Sunday and Monday, but warn that sometimes even deicers cannot handle freezing rain fast enough. They'll be watching hour by hour and use other tools like plows and sand if needed.

"It's really difficult to treat on the roadways and it's even more difficult to drive in," Abbi Russell with WSDOT said.

Transportation crews want to reiterate that ice is the worst driving condition and no one can safely drive on it.

Bottom line: If it forms, avoid driving completely if possible and opt for public transit.

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