(WWLP) – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has thousands of crews on the roads Thursday morning.
Snow started to fall around 6:00 a.m. and is expected to turn heavier after 8:00 a.m.
The department says they plan to use 250,000 tons of salt during the storm, which is expected to more than a foot of snow in some areas of western Massachusetts. The speed limit on the Mass Pike has been reduced to 40 mph from the New York border to Interchange 5 in Chicopee.
Governor Charlie Baker has urged people to stay off the roads Thursday. Those who do have to travel should give plows and salt trucks space on the roads. MassDOT is reminding drivers– don’t crowd the plows.
Although many roads are pre-treated, once the snow starts falling it will be piling up quickly. Gusty winds are also expected during the storm and could blow the light, fluffy snow back onto roads as they’re cleared. Light snow will begin falling during the early morning commute. The heaviest of snow is expected to fall from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Drivers should be aware of parking bans in their communities. Click here to view a list of parking bans across western Massachusetts.