BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is reminding members of the public that forecasters are predicting a winter storm to begin on Saturday evening and continue intoSunday morning, bringing several inches of accumulation to areas throughout the Commonwealth.
The majority of the snow is expected to fall between 10 p.m., Saturday, and 5 a.m., Sunday, with locations in southeastern Massachusetts receiving the highest snowfall totals.
“Our snow and ice teams are closely watching the weather forecast, and we know that several inches of snow are expected to fall from Saturday evening into Sunday morning which may create challenging driving conditions during the overnight hours,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, in a media statement. “We encourage drivers to consider delaying their travel plans if possible, wait until the snow stops falling to head out onto the roadways, and make safe and smart decisions if it is necessary to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.”
MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed as conditions necessitate. Crews are currently conducting preparation activities in advance of the winter weather and will be pretreating roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride.
MassDOT is also currently planning deployments of snowplows and spreaders and maintenance equipment.
In the worst storms, MassDOT’s Highway Division is able to utilize up to 700 personnel to perform snow and ice removal operations on more than 15,000 lanes miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth. This winter, MassDOT will have approximately 4,200 pieces of state and vendor equipment available using over 150 depots and storage locations. This includes over 1,300 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.
If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to drive the conditions, lower their speeds, give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, and remember MassDOT’s message, “Don’t Crowd the Plow,” meaning that motorists should stay behind snow removal equipment on the roadways. MassDOT strongly urges drivers to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.
Important winter driving tips include:
- Clear snow and ice from all motor vehicle windows, lights, tailpipe area, hood and roof before driving.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
- Bridge decks freeze first. Due to the difference in the exposure to air, the surface condition can be worse on a bridge than on the approach road.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
- Seat belts should be worn at all times – it’s the law.
- Most importantly please remember to slow down.