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Messy Morning Commute: Freezing Rain Causes Many Accidents In Area

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Freezing rain and ice created problems on area roads during the morning commute.

Mike Schuh reports Friday morning some areas saw sleet, while others saw freezing rain, which can make roads and untreated surfaces icy and slippery.

In Roland Park with the Mobile Weather Lab, the temperature remained right around freezing all morning and the sleet turned to a mix and then all rain.

“I pressed the walk button, but I couldn’t cross the street because I could slide right into the road. So I was trying my hardest to climb over everything,” said Anna-Marie Jimenez.

There were several accidents reported, especially in Anne Arundel County, where there were more than 70 Friday morning. A school bus accident was reported in Gambrills on Huntwood Drive.  Schools were not delayed in Anne Arundel County, but were in most other districts.

Related Story: Anne Arundel Co. Explains Decision To Open Schools On Time

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In Harford County, airbags helped the driver of a sports car near Darlington.  Police say it was a one-car accident, and the roads were very slick at the time.

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Sharon Burke says in these conditions, for better balance, she walks flat-footed.

“Not everyone has salt out for the ice,” she said.

The freezing rain was the worst during the morning rush.

“Getting out to my car in order to cross the children. I was worried about the children. We treat them like our own children,” said Barbara McCarthy, crossing guard.

We could see pockets of black ice until temperatures warm up.

And it will feel a lot warmer this weekend. We could see a potential thunderstorm and highs in the 60s Saturday.

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