How the first snowfall of the season impacted drivers

State Police: at least 9 car crashes on I-91, another 9 along I-90

BLANDFORD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s beginning to look a lot like winter in western Massachusetts, with the first snowfall of the season on October 27th.

The flakes started falling at noon, and the snow started sticking to the roads. Massachusetts State Police reduced the speed limit on the Massachusetts Turnpike to 40 miles per hour from the New York border to Chicopee.

“I thought it was going to be really rainy, but this is a lot more snow than I expected,” said Clyde Jenkins of Blanford.

By 8:00 p.m. Thursday, 22News called each western Massachusetts State Police barracks, who reported at least 9 car crashes on I-91, another 9 along I-90, and 3 in the Hilltowns. There were also multiple spinouts.

In foggy conditions like Thursday night, where it is very difficult to see what’s in front of you, you must have your headlights on when your windshield wipers are on, according to Massachusetts state law. If you don’t, you will receive a fine.

We’ve had snow like this in October before, but it this is early. It caught Betsy Parrington of Williamstown off-guard, but she was ready. She said, “Last week, my dad asked my husband to put the snow tires on the car. I thought that was silly because it’s only October. But I’m really glad they did! So we’re ready, I think we’re ready.”

Drivers need to take it slow on the wet slick roads, right through the Friday morning commute.

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