Roads better, but snow banks make new hazard

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – No matter where you woke up this morning, it was the same snowy view out your window, and once you dug out, you could expect slick roads for your Friday commute.

22News took a drive through Chicopee and West Springfield Friday morning, and with the sunshine and snow removal crews still out in full force, the roads have been improving.

Interstate 91 was clear, and a lot of the snow on main roads is melting into slushy puddles. Some side streets are still pretty messy, though.

The snow removal has created a different kind of hazard, however. The snow that has been plowed obviously had to go somewhere, and you don’t have to look far to find some big snow banks blocking your line of vision at corners as you turn, in parking lots, and on the highway as you merge.

Louis Arasate of Chicopee told 22News that he knows this can be a problem.

“As far as visibility, people getting up to the snow banks and not being able to see other vehicles coming in the other direction,” Arasate said. “Just got back from the Bahamas, wish I was back there.”

If you haven’t cleared off your car already, make sure you do — the whole thing — before you drive. We had some big frozen chunks of snow flying off the cars in front of us onto our windshield, and police will issue tickets to drivers whose cars aren’t cleared off and safe to drive.

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