Wintry mess made for difficult commute

Traffic southbound on I-391 approaching Interstate 91 at the Chicopee-Springfield line.
Traffic southbound on I-391 approaching Interstate 91 at the Chicopee-Springfield line.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Sleet and snow began to fall during the morning commute time in western Massachusetts Monday, accumulating on the roads and making for a difficult drive to work.

Accidents were reported on I-91, I-291, and the Massachusetts Turnpike, and travel on all of those highways was slowed during the morning commute.

Traffic on the Mass Pike westbound in Palmer is at a standstill. Photo sent to 22News by Wendy via Report It.
Traffic on the Mass Pike westbound in Palmer was at a standstill during the morning commute time. Photo sent to 22News by Wendy via Report It.

By 9:00 A.M., conditions improved on most roadways, but on the Mass Pike westbound between Palmer and Ludlow, travel remained slow. State Police reported that there are several spinout crashes and icy conditions in the area.

Traffic was flowing again before noontime, though there were delays in central Massachusetts.

Due to the conditions, the speed limit on the Mass Pike between the New York State Line and Exit 8 in Palmer is reduced to 40 MPH.

It’s technically spring, and the winter-like conditions were enough to annoy people in the area, like Ricky Santoro of Chicopee.

“I had to shovel my driveway so my mother could go to work. It’s my birthday today, so that’s even worse. I’ve got to shovel and salt and sand. I don’t like it,” Santoro said.

Shane Rutherford, a western Massachusetts native who now lives in North Carolina, says he can’t wait to be back in their warmer temperatures.

“Mother Nature’s April fools joke. It’s a nice reminder of why we’re going back south to the warmer weather in Charlotte,” he said.

To see if there is any more winter-like weather on the way, check out the latest 22News Storm Team Forecast.

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