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Ice ruts create bumpy, slow commutes across metro

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Anyone who got behind the wheel on Monday probably had to cope with a long commute after nearly a foot of snow left many freeways feeling like dirt roads due to the ice ruts that formed across the metro.

For Gwen Atkinson, Monday got off to a frustrating start early on as her turn came up for work carpool duty.

"Gotta fight onto every little road, every corner -- slipping and sliding," she recalled.

After spending hours in traffic, she ended her day trying to push a grocery cart through the slushy snow.

"I don't think there's been any plowing or shoveling in this parking lot," she said.

Atkinson is certainly not alone in her irritation. Monday morning's commute was miserable for most drivers, regardless of destination.

"Chop, chop, all the way -- going like, 25 on Highway 10," recalled Diane Horton. "Couldn't believe it, myself."

Some of the biggest delays were seen along Interstate 694 in Arden Hills. By mid-afternoon, traffic was an absolute mess along Highway 100 and onto the interstate. Stopped cars waited at every on and off ramp. Once they got moving, motorists bounced their way over packed snow and ice.

"We're not in clean-up mode yet," Kent Barnard, of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, explained. "We're still out there trying to get ice and snow off the roadways."

The frigid, sub-freezing temperatures have frozen the pack onto the roads, leaving some feeling like country cart paths instead of paved freeways. For the time being, Barnard recommends taking it slow.

"It takes us a while," he said. "Still, be safe out there."

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