Drivers dealing with a messy wintry mix

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP)– A wintry mix slowed drivers down Monday morning. In Northampton, a burst of snow early Monday morning left roads and sidewalks covered with about a half an inch of snow.

Before 5 A.M., I-91 was slow going, but had a more significant layer of snow, ice and slush the further north drivers traveled.  Sections of road that had not been treated were more slippery than those that had. Drivers were traveling at reduced speeds on both highways and secondary roads.

“Oh yeah you gotta take it slow. I have four wheel drive so I’m lucky, so as long as I don’t get behind someone who has two wheel drive I’m okay,” John Dumphy of Northampton said.

Beginning at 6 A.M. the speed limit on the Massachusetts Turnpike was reduced to 40 miles per hour from the New York state line to at least Exit 10 in Auburn. That restriction has since been lifted.

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Due to concerns about road conditions, several local school districts opted to cancel classes or open later. Click here for a complete listing.

By the 7:00 hour, conditions on the highways and major roadways had improved, though freezing rain later could cause further slippery conditions.

Massachusetts State Police in Springfield had reported no accidents as of 7:30 Monday morning. Still, drivers are urged to use extra caution during snowy, slippery conditions. Allow for extra stopping time between you and the car in front of you.

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