Snow causes problems for Hampshire County drivers

Wet, slushy roads caused several accidents in Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The snowfall made driving conditions difficult in Hampshire County, on what is one of the busiest travel days of the year.

In our travels Wednesday, it didn’t take long to find a stranded driver, and the back roads deteriorated very quickly.

A truck lost control at hit a guardrail by the Notch along West Street / Route 116 in Amherst. The Amherst Police told 22News there’s no salt in the area so it’s always a slippery road. Traffic moved at a crawl.

As we traveled into Hadley, police had blocked off South Maple Street, where at its worst, 8 vehicles were off the road leaving drivers there stranded. They needed to be towed away.

People told 22News it was a good day to use 4 wheel drive.

Liz Frangioso of Chicopee said, “It’s always beautiful but it’s just causing a lot of havoc for everybody. Everyone is getting stuck up on the Notch. So you just have to take it slow and steady and just remember it’s snow; it’s going to be slippery.”

Plow trucks and sanders were everywhere Wednesday working to keep the roads as safe as possible.

This is the kind of snow that sticks to the roads. It’s heavy and it made the roads a slushy mess.

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