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Roads start to clear as temperatures rise

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As we thaw out from the deep freeze that essentially paralyzed travel, normal life is beginning to resume.

13abc's Christine Long spent the week traveling all over Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

She's reporting from Monroe County, MI, on Friday with a look at how road conditions have improved.

The big question: are roads ready and safe for buses to transport kids? After four days of answering "No," most school superintendents on Friday --- except in Monroe County --- said, "Yes."

What a difference a few days and a couple dozen degrees make.

"It's drying up," says Nelli Morales, a driver. "It's better, a little bit better compared to the other days when it was terrible."

If you watch the video, you'll see on the left of your screen is how Georgia Street in Bowling Green looked on Monday. One the right, we show you its dramatic transformation on Friday.

You can also see that many snow drifts have been cleared, like the one on Whiteford Center Road south of Sterns which had blocked half of the road, putting drivers in a dangerous position.

"The roads are much better from heating conditions from cars going across the road and because the sand has been put on the road by the county," says Chris Reeves, a driver from Tecumseh in Lenawee County.

The Superintendent of Monroe Public Schools has issued an appeal to the community. As Dr. Barry Martin anticipates re-opening next week, he's asking homeowners to clear sidewalks so it's safe for kids who walk to school. Also, if your kids take the bus, shovel out a spot for them to wait so they don't have to stand on a pile of snow or in a road.

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