Plow trucks busy clearing the roads early in Franklin County

Franklin County

A real winter snowstorm kept plow trucks busy across western Massachusetts Tuesday. 

Franklin County drivers had to deal with slippery, snow-covered roads all afternoon and into the evening commute.

“Thankfully I have a Subaru with snow tires and a stick shift, so I’m very comfortable driving home, slow and steady and hopefully I find a plow truck to hide behind,” said Dana Hunt of Holyoke.

The snow started falling just after noon on Tuesday in Franklin County. Plow crews worked all day to keep the roads clear for drivers. Greenfield DPW crews pre-treated the roads with salt in the morning and then began plowing the roads once they were covered with 2 inches of snow. 

DPW Director Marlo Warner told 22News they can clear the roads a lot faster when fewer cars are on the roads.  

“With the storm that was forecasted, I’d recommend staying off the roads as much as possible between 2 p.m. and midnight, they say the heaviest will be between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.,” said Warner. “It’ll give the plows the opportunity to clear the streets.”

If you do have to do any driving during the storm, Warner said to be sure to take it slow and give plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you, especially if it’s a plow.

Greenfield’s emergency snow parking ban will be in effect until 9 a.m., Wednesday morning. This means you can’t park in the downtown parking lots and on both sides of residential streets. 

There’s free parking in the Olive Street parking garage. 

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