Icy Evening Means Sand, Sickness and Some Food

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As the wintry weather continues to prevail in the Brazos Valley, residents are reacting in many different ways.

It's the first icing on winter's cake, and Day Two of freezing precipitation that forced many residents to de-ice, or get creative to save their cars pre-ice.

But the roads continued to be a burden as afternoon began giving way to evening. Despite the reduced traffic, authorities in Bryan and College Station reported dozens of minor accidents, keeping wrecker crews busy, along with TxDOT's road crews.

"Most of our crews right now are running on 12-hour shifts, and so they were actually getting to go home to their families," said Bob Colwell with TxDOT. "That's a good thing, and we're very proud of our men and women."

Those people worked through the night depositing sand onto slick roads. It's a process they've had to repeat every few hours, since what they'd put down before is quickly covered again by ice.

Also covered: the medical needs of residents. At St. Joseph Regional Health Center, some personnel spent the night at the hospital rather than trekking home. They stayed to serve a fairly full facility.

"It's cold and flu and sick time of year, so that's to be expected," said Tim Ottinger with St. Joseph. "The emergency room's probably seen a little more flu activity, and then for minor fender benders, they've picked up a little bit of activity."

Many businesses shut their doors early. But one essential item did get some out on the roads: food. Many restaurants remained open. At Wings 'n' More, management said they got a bigger crowd than they had expected, possibly due to returning college students having to wait one more day for classes.

"We just got back from winter break and we didn't have any food in the fridge," said Crispin Morin, an A&M student who was joined at the restaurant by four friends, "so we decided to come out to Wings 'n' More and have a good time with our friends and eat some food."

But like many restaurants, this one shut down a few hours early to give their employees a chance to hit the roads before Mother Nature gets a chance to blast them any more.