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COCKEYSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) –  If you’re struggling to get the chill out of your bones, you’re not alone.  Over the past 24 hours, “Old Man Winter” has made his presence felt in a big way.

Mike Schuh reports winter may only be a few weeks old, but already we’ve seen our first instance of drivers being stranded by snow and ice, and the state scrambling to help.

Cold roads — with no salt in sight — and precipitation falling. It’s the recipe for a rush hour nightmare, and that’s exactly what dozens of drivers are talking about.

The effects of a blast of winter could be seen from Sky Eye Chopper 13.  Cars were stranded and a semi-truck was stuck halfway up a hill in Cockeysville.

The worst of the weather came during rush hour Tuesday night, like on Joppa Road in Parkville.

“It took us probably an hour to get just that one block,” said Mandy Creager, driver.

The road was just cold enough for the cold to stick and cause problems. 

“In some places, it hit real heavy, heavy, real quick.  In other places, they got absolutely nothing,” said Dave Buck, State Highway Administration.

Now, there’s concern about what the rest of the winter will hold.

“We’re in for a bad winter if this little brushing is all we get and we get stuck in horrible traffic,” said Becky Quade, Linthicum.

Salt trucks stayed out throughout the night to make sure the commute Wednesday morning was ice-free.

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