Driving conditions worsening as storm moves through

The roads are slippery and visibility is definitely limited, and only getting worse

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Monday night the streets were covered in a light layer of snow, but just a little bit of separation from the road surface can cause your car to lose traction.

A state-wide travel ban kicks in at midnight, but for reasons of safety, you should not be out on the roads unless it is an emergency. The roads are slippery and visibility is definitely limited, and only getting worse.

One snow plow operator told 22News people should just stay off the roads.

Zeek Merrill said, “People aren’t prepared to go out because they have smaller cars and when the snow gets real deep they can’t get out of the side streets, because they’re mainly plowing the main roads for emergency services. So until the secondary streets get open, those cars get stuck.”

If you do have to be out on the roads, maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you. When turning, accelerating, or stopping, just be sure to start slowing down early, and keep both hands on the wheel.

It’s not just the snow. The frigid temperatures and wind are also a big concern with this storm. The 22News Storm Team says the wind chill could drop below zero. That’s why if you plan on being outdoors, it is very important to make sure you have your hat, scarf and gloves. Exposed skin in this weather can lead to frostbite and hypothermia.

Your fingers, nose and toes are most susceptible to frostbite.

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