The following is a press release submitted to SOURCE by MassDOT.
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public that weather forecasters are expecting a winter storm to impact some regions early tomorrow morning.
The forecast is showing light snow beginning in the early hours of Wednesday and continuing through the morning commute.
The snow will develop from west to east with totals of 1-4 inches possible across the state. Snow will end by early afternoon in western districts and end in the evening for eastern districts.
“We are advising everyone who must be on the roadways on Wednesday morning to leave extra time for their trip or to consider using public transportation instead,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “MassDOT’s snow and ice crews are closely monitoring the weather and will be deployed as needed throughout the storm.”
MassDOT 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 lane miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth.
This winter, MassDOT will have approximately 3,900 pieces of state and vendor equipment available throughout the duration of winter storms using over 150 depots and storage locations. This includes over 1,400 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.
If drivers must 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.
While regularly scheduled service is expected on all modes, the MBTA and Keolis closely monitor weather forecasts to assess expected and real-time conditions related to scheduled service and operations.
Customers should stay as up-to-date as possible by checking all available communication channels.
Customers are also encouraged to exercise caution while on snow-covered or icy bus stop areas and outdoor station platforms.
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.