Freezing rain caused many schools to be delayed

Many roads are untreated

freezing rain sidewalk

FRANKLIN, Mass. (WWLP) – Scattered freezing rain showers may cause icy conditions on the roads Tuesday morning in much of western Massachusetts.

There is a Freezing Rain Advisory in effect for Hampshire and Franklin County until 10:00 a.m. and in Berkshire County until 8:00 a.m.

With most roads being untreated, it won’t take much for icy spots to form. These icy conditions are most likely to affect areas north and west of the lower Pioneer Valley.

Most areas of western Massachusetts will be above freezing by 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. as more widespread, plain rain arrives.

Drivers should give themselves extra time Tuesday and be especially cautious since ice is not easily visible on the roadways.

But when 22 News headed up to Franklin county, many people said they were expecting road conditions to be much worse than they were.
Especially on areas that usually get icy like bridges and overpasses.

“Roads weren’t too wet or too slippery; I was a little worried about the bridge but I had no problem getting over it,” Charles Garbiel of Gill told 22News.

Although weather conditions weren’t as hazardous as many people were expecting, many schools in Franklin county did have delays.

“They call in the morning to let us know there wouldn’t be school on time this morning, so we had plenty of time to prepare and sleep in. It.still messed up my plans because now she’s with me but we get to come enjoy breakfast,” Michael Dobias of Turners Falls told 22News.

14 schools in Franklin county, and 1 school in Worcester county had 2 hour delays. You can sign up for text alerts for school closings and delays at WWLP.com.

 

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