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Southern Illinois travelers see snow, ice on roads

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METROPOLIS -- Snow and freezing conditions caused all kinds of problems for drivers around southern Illinois, forcing some to change their plans while others stuck to their schedules.

Roadways in Saline, Gallatin, Hardin, and Pope counties were covered in snow and ice. Some drivers even ended up off the road due to poor conditions.

For one Kansas group traveling through Metropolis, they didn't mind the precipitation, although the father told News 3 the snow came as a surprise. 

"We weren't planning on hitting snow coming through here," Jason McBride said. "We knew it was going to rain but then all of a sudden, [my wife is] looking at her phone and it's saying winter storm warnings and all that."

The group of family and friends simply adjusted and kept it moving.

"It wasn't too bad but it did start to come down you know pretty hard," McBride said. "We did have to slow down quite a bit and just make sure we made it safely." 

Meantime, the couple's twins enjoyed the weather, telling News 3 they like the rain and snow. 

Pretty soon, the family will be far away from the cold on Panama City Beach.

"It will be sunny and in the 60s," Kristen McBride said. "I'm going to walk, look and relax when I get to the beach."

For anyone else hitting the roads this spring break, remember to give yourself a little bit of extra time to get to your destination safely.

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