SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was messy ride to work for commuters throughout western Massachusetts Monday morning, and problems continued as midday apprahced. You can expect an increased drive time, as all roads are snow-covered, including major highways.
Governor Charlie Baker put out an advisory to drivers ahead of this storm to try and minimize the number of cars out on the road for the Monday commute.
Traffic is moving very slow on the highways, somewhere around 30 or 40 miles per hour on Interstate 91 and Interstate 391. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, meanwhile, has set a speed limit of 40 miles per hour on the Massachusetts Turnpike between the New York State Line and Weston.
There have been numerous accidents and spin-outs, particularly in the Springfield area, where state police reported seven accidents in just the time between 5:30 and 6:30 A.M.
Meanwhile, there are some delays or cancellations with respect to public transportation, particularly in the Amherst area. Click here for a listing of alerts from the PVTA. The FRTA is winding down service at 5:00 P.M., with numerous route cancellations. Click here for details.
Remember in these conditions to leave lots of extra travel time and space between you and the other cars. Also, be aware of plows and road treating vehicles; do not try to pass them, and give them room to work. Mass DOT spokesperson Michael Verseckes says that they have more than 3,000 plows out statewide, with 303 of those plows out in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties.
There is still a lot of clean up to do out here, so if you have to be out on the roads, please be very careful.
Once you get to your destination, you may have to keep in mind that many area communities have parking bans. Click here for a complete listing.