Icy morning commute slowing drivers

Temperatures should reach above freezing by late morning.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Much of the Pioneer Valley woke up to icy conditions Tuesday morning.

That build up of icy slush meant a later start to the day than one local business owner would have liked.

“Normally it should take me about 10 minutes to go from where I live in Northampton to Main Street in Easthampton, it took me about 30 to 35 minutes today,” Janel Jorda, a business owner in Easthampton, told 22News.

The think layer of ice that coated snow also made for slippery sidewalks and made for heavy, tiresome shoveling.

“Not so awesome, the snow is pretty heavy, there’s a lot of ice here so I’ve always done my own shoveling I’m starting to rethink it now that I get a little bit older, Chuck Conner, another local business owner in Easthampton, told 22News.

As the morning progressed conditions improved, but there was still a slushy icy mixture on the roads in many areas. It’s important to remember that even if the road is showing black top, drivers will still need to use caution as some areas remain icy.

In these kinds of conditions, Massachusetts State Police remind you to:

  • Slow down — Crews are still making their way to secondary roads. Conditions of exit ramps on any highway are most likely in worse condition than the highway. A reminder that all speed limits are meant for ideal dry conditions.
  • Stay back — When behind a plow or maintenance vehicle stay back at least 200 feet and do not pass them on the right.

State police from the Springfield barracks told 22News there were at least a dozen accidents and spin outs overnight into Tuesday morning. They said the accidents happened all over the greater Springfield region including on I-91, I-391, Route 57 and I-291. State police from the Northampton barracks said weather conditions also caused a five car accident on I-91 South, near Holyoke.

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