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By Steph Anderson

Slushy and icy roads force cautious travel

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- Travel remains tricky this Tuesday evening.

Winter Weather Advisories have been allowed to expire, but driving will still be tough Tuesday night.

It's still slick this evening, not just on the roadways, but on sidewalks, bridges, and less traveled surfaces. Traffic is moving just fine, just as it was earlier this afternoon, when a cold rain was falling.

But don't be caught off-guard. With the rain earlier, and what could fall yet tonight, could turn into ice, since surface temperatures are hovering near the freezing mark. Some wet snow could even mix in, which will only help to grease up the roadways.

We spoke to two Rochester residents out driving Tuesday. Both said the roads were slick, but driving was fine.

Alex Bump, a Rochester resident, says, "It was a little slippery. Uh, not too much different from any other winter in Minnesota."

Julie Denton, a Rochester resident, says, "Actually everyone was driving pretty good. I mean considering it's just kinda the first ice day with the sleet and stuff I think everybody was doing real good."

We're just starting to get into the winter driving season, but the rules are the same: slow down, allow yourself extra time, and drive with caution.

You can find more winter driving tips, along with road conditions and cancellations on the Homepage.

You can also click on the Weather Blog to find more winter weather information.

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