SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday’s daytime temperatures managed to climb up to above freezing, giving western Massachusetts residents an opportunity to chip away at their frozen sidewalks. However, the cycle of melting and re-freezing will continue this week, with overnight temperatures dipping back in to the teens.
Edward Caudel of Springfield said, “Driving slow. As far as the walkways, I put down a lot of salt, but other than that there’s not too much you can do because once it melts, it’s just going to freeze over again.”
Pedestrians have to watch out for slippery spots on icy sidewalks, but if they’re close to the road, especially on a night like this, they also have to watch for drivers who may lose control of their cars because there’s black ice.
Scott Pierce said, “Absolutely, especially as a walker because you have to actually focus on where you’re going to walk in order to avoid anything. Actually, ice is worse than snow in my opinion as far as driving is concerned.”
Try not to panic if you find yourself driving on ice. Take your foot off the gas pedal. Your tires will lose traction with sudden braking or sharp turns. And pedestrians can get better footing walking on grass or snow.
Remember, if you own your home, it’s your responsibility to clear snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of your house. If you rent, check your agreement to find out who’s responsible.
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