SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts woke up to the pings and pops of the season’s first dose of winter. A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain made for a slippery Tuesday morning commute; forcing drivers to take it slow.
Lindsey Gallant of Chicopee wasn’t taking any chances on the highway. “I wasn’t slipping around too much, but we were traveling pretty slow- roughly like 20 miles per hour,” Gallant said.
Just after 9:00, traffic was delayed on I-91 south near Exit 27 in Greenfield. State Police told 22News that a tractor trailer accident was caused by the weather conditions. One lane had to be shut down when the truck was hauled away.
State police also told 22News that they received numerous calls throughout the morning for minor accidents and cars sliding off the road, all because of the icy conditions.
During the earliest morning commuting hours, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation reported having roughly 1,400 plow trucks out on the roads statewide- working to clean up the icy sleet mixture.
Along Interstate 91 in Springfield, drivers were dealing with the long-term lane closures, where concrete barriers and traffic cones have drivers squeezing through two lanes instead of three.
Despite the challenges to the commute, some told 22News that they were excited to see some real winter weather.
“I’m happy to have a little weather, this is what we’re all about here in New England, and Massachusetts so I’m happy to have a little snow as long as it doesn’t get too severe- I’m okay with that,” Tass Angelides of Longmeadow said.
During these kinds of weather conditions, Massachusetts State Police urge drivers to keep a good distance from other vehicles, particularly snow plows.