Western Mass. digs out after snowstorm


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The all-day winter storm is finally moving out of western Massachusetts, but not before it dumped about a foot of snow in many areas.

All day Wednesday, western Massachusetts residents shoveled and plowed.

Art Jasper from Johnstone Supply in Chicopee told 22News, “Going up hill is a problem and some of the side streets, but I think a lot of it is common sense. Keeping both hands on the wheel, just pay attention, watch people in front of you, and give a little extra distance.”

Plow trucks had highways and main roads cleared by about 8 o’clock Wednesday night, but in some neighborhoods, some people were still struggling to get out of their own driveway.

In Springfield, if you’re driving down smaller side streets, the roads are passable. However, if you take a closer look, there is still a thin layer of snow on the ground, which could cause fishtailing or spinning out.

Aneudi Bermudez of Springfield said, “The more snow they have, the more they have to hire, but they are keeping them out to the main roads, going up to the highways and hospitals, stuff like that. That’s good, but at the same time, I mean, they don’t understand there are other people who have to get to work.”

Massachusetts State Police said black ice and slush make driving extremely dangerous. The best advice? Slow down and be patient.

Mountain Road, Route 141 has re-opened in Easthampton and Holyoke.

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