FRAMINGHAM – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public that the National Weather Service is forecasting a winter weather event to bring snowfall to locations throughout the Commonwealth later this evening through Saturday, March 2.
Forecasters are calling for heavy, wet snow, with the most accumulation occurring between 4 a.m., and 12 p.m., on Saturday.
Travelers should be mindful of impacts due to weather winter conditions and make safe, smart decisions if it is necessary to be on the roadways.
Additionally, forecasters are predicting an upcoming storm that has the potential to bring a mixture of precipitation from Sunday evening through Monday, March 4.
Members of the public should monitor the weather forecast and recognize that this weather event could impact the Monday morning commute and create challenging travel conditions, said Mass DOT.
“Our snow and ice crews are closely watching the weather forecast and planning upcoming deployments of plows and other equipment,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We encourage anyone who will be traveling throughout the weekend to check roadway conditions and weather forecasts before getting behind the wheel, and exercise safe driving behavior at all times including reducing speeds and giving plenty of space to plows and other vehicles.”
(The latest expected snowfall totals from the National Weather Service for the winter weather event occurring tonight through Saturday, March 2.)
MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed throughout the Commonwealth as conditions necessitate. Highway Districts always conduct preparation activities in advance of new weather systems and are able to pretreat roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride when necessary. In the most severe 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 lane miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth.
This winter, MassDOT has approximately 3,900 pieces of state and vendor equipment available for snow and ice operations and this includes over 1,400 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.
If drivers go out on the roadways, they are advised to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.
Other important winter driving tips include:
· Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights, even the hood and roof, before driving, (start with the tailpipe).
· 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.
· Exit ramps are an even greater challenge during the winter since they may have received less anti-icing material than the main line.
· 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.