BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public that forecasters are predicting rain and wet snow conditions during the overnight hours tonight in some regions of the state.
A storm system will bring 1 to 3 inches of snowfall primarily west of the I-95 corridor before the system leaves Massachusetts by mid-day on Friday.
“Some portions of central and western Massachusetts may see light snowfall tonight,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “The snow is not expected to accumulate due to warm pavement temperatures, but we expect to deploy some crews to treat roadways as needed. Travelers are advised to use caution and be mindful of poor visibility and plan ahead if driving overnight or through mid-day on Friday.”
MassDOT crews this evening will conduct preparation activities in advance of the winter weather.
In the most severe storm situations, MassDOT’s Highway Division can 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 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, obey the state’s “hands-free” driving law, minimize distractions, and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.
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 mainline.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
- Seat belts should always be worn – it’s the law.
- Most importantly, please remember to slow down.