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Thawing out across East Texas

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TYLER (KYTX) - Many of us had to clear off the windshield and take the slow, icy drive to work and school today.

But even though the roads are more clear, there's still plenty of ice around East Texas.

Whether your commute was by car, or foot, it wasn't easy this morning.

Some businesses helped out whatever way they could.

"Yeah a shovel would be nice, but you make do with what you have," says Neil Crane, a manager at The Granary in Tyler.

Crane says customer safety is most important.

And when they're faced with icy sludge covering the parking lot, and slick walking, it's only right.

"This is better than it is in the back, but you're still talking at least a quarter inch of ice. It's slicker than it looks. Just step out here and you'll see," says Crane.

Roads weren't entirely clear, like some problem spots in downtown Tyler.

We helped get a car out of a rut.

But TXDot says most roads will be improving, still, expect secondary roads and those covered by thick overhang to take longer.

"I really think caution is the word of the week here at least until we know we're not having freezing overnight temperatures," says Larry Krantz, the public information officer for TXDot in this area.

Crews worked around the clock to keep things moving.

"Every time traffic had to stop for a wreck, or stop because somebody got stuck, you had to restart every truck by hand," says Krantz.

And Krantz says the quick temperature change could lead to pot holes down the line too.

"Freeze-thaw cycle is very tough on pavement and under these circumstances it certainly is possible there will be come blow out spots," says Krantz.

Thawing out East Texas, and clearing up for business.

"It's going to warm up today, things will melt, we have some loyal customers and they're going to come through anything, we were still fairly busy yesterday," says Crane.

TXDot says crews worked 12 hour shifts since 3 p.m. Sunday to keep roads as clear as possible.

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