By Alex DeMetrick

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–In the Baltimore area, the morning rush was slick and tricky for anyone who ventured out.

Alex DeMetrick has more on the icy morning commute.

Warmer temperatures, rain and elbow grease all helped unlock the first grip of winter.

What froze solid overnight softened up enough to clear away in Baltimore.

But the weather still managed to throw some last-minute monkey wrenches into people’s schedules.

“I wasn’t expecting schools to be closed, so that was a news flash. So just getting ready for work. Got the kids in there. Trying to get this done so I can get there on time,” said Jamie Davis, of Baltimore.

Getting there wasn’t a problem on main routes and larger streets.

It was a slower go deeper into neighborhoods, but it was nothing like the snow and ice bound journeys during the height of the storm Sunday.

“Yesterday, I work in Owings Mills, and it took me an hour to get home. That was around 11:30, and the roads were pretty rough at that point. But since then it hasn’t been that bad,” said Sara Hollins, of Baltimore.

But it took work.

“Our crews have worked all night and they worked throughout the morning.  They’re treating roadways and now we’re focusing on our secondary roads,” said Kathy Chopper, Baltimore Public Information Officer.

But that still left work to go around. Taking it in stride helps.

“It’s December. We had a 70 degree day last week, and then on Sunday we got snow. That’s Baltimore weather for you. What are you gonna do?” a man said.

While most streets are passable or better, there is still the risk of a refreeze Monday night, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses.

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