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Road conditions cause snow day for thousands of kids in Monroe Co.

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Thousands of students just over the border into Michigan had the day off of school on Monday because the roads were in such bad shape.

Dundee, Ida, and Summerfield schools cancelled for the day. The problem wasn't the main roads. It was when you get out onto the country roads where most of the kids live that, as of Monday morning, still hadn't seen a plow.

There were treacherous roads in Monroe County after about nine inches of snow fell over the weekend, sending drivers into ditches.

"Plow didn't get by here until yesterday afternoon," says Ivan Kamprath who has lived in his Monroe County home for more than 40 years.

"The road right next to me is completely impassable," says Richard Carsten, Superintendent of Ida Schools. "We couldn't even get four-by-four trucks down it."

Carsten says he got stuck while surveying the roads Sunday night, so he made the call to keep the buses locked up and kids home on Monday.

"We want to make sure that students can get to and from school safely and we don't want to put our bus drivers in a difficult position," says Carsten.

Along the country roads, we spot horses who are bundled to stay warm.

You can see Kamprath's breath as he continues to dig out of his driveway.

"Being 75 years old, it's not all that fun anymore," says Kamprath.

"You're the worst driver!" one young boy yells to his sister as they sled down a hill and enjoy the snow day in Dundee.

Monroe County plow crews made a lot of progress throughout the day, but district leaders are keeping an eye on tonight's snowfall to see what it means for school tomorrow.

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