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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - Several school systems were closed or delayed Friday morning as icy conditions made driving hazardous.

Motorists were advised to use caution and allow plenty of time if you must travel.

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BECKLEY (WVVA) – Thursday night, it's the calm before the storm.

Forecasts are predicting up to a quarter inch of ice across our viewing area by Friday, causing problems for the morning commute.  Officials say they're preparing early.

"As soon as it drops, [rain] starts freezing.  There's no prep time for it really, so you just have to be on top of it right from the get go," says Curtis Redden, foreman for Beckley maintenance.

The WVVA Weather Team predicts east of I-77 will get the brunt of the freezing rain and sleet.

"Ice sneaks up on some people, especially bridges and overpasses and things like that," says Mark Wilson, emergency manager and planner.  "We'll get a lot of vehicle accidents, mostly minor, but again be careful and be aware that could happen."

Redden and Wilson advise motorists to take it slow and allow yourselves plenty of time heading out in the morning.  Plus, better yet –

"The best thing is just not to get out because ice is different than snow.  You really can't control anything with it," says Redden. 

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