SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News Storm Team issued a Weather Alert due to the risk for some icy spots on roads Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service in Boston issued a Winter Weather Advisory until noon Wednesday for spotty freezing rain.
Between 6-8 a.m. Wednesday, spotty freezing rain/drizzle and wintry mix showers made their way into western Massachusetts. Drivers were urged to caution as temperatures were below freezing until mid morning. There were multiple car accidents all over western Massachusetts Wednesday morning… due to the icy road conditions.
“It’s been icy, I just go slow take my time and hope nobody slides into me, you know? It’s New England weather,” said Gerry Darcy.
The freezing rain came up north, first impacting Connecticut drivers who were dealing with a several car accidents on the highways. During the morning commute, accidents littered the area in western Massachusetts from the Memorial Bridge to Northampton.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one-in-five of all vehicle crashes occur during winter conditions. When the pavement is cold, as we’ve had recent below freezing days, and freezing rain comes down on it, that can cause icy road conditions. Making it potentially hazardous to drive.
“It’s alright, I saw two accidents today so definitely driving with my big toe. I give people way more space so I can give myself a quicker reaction time. I’m just very vigilant on the road,” said Alex Ogbeiwi.
AAA provides some advice for driving on icy roads:
- Reduce speed, they say most accidents in icy conditions are caused by people traveling too fast for the weather.
- Leave extra space between your car and other cars.
- Avoid unnecessary lane change, changing lanes increases your chance of hitting icy patches between lanes and losing traction.
Most of us will make the switch over to plain rain by late morning or noon at the latest. But in the afternoon and early evening there’s just a chance for isolated light rain/sprinkles or drizzle. There may be pockets of fog. Highs will be mild for this time of year in the low 40s.
Tonight, mostly cloudy early but partly cloudy late with lows in the upper 20s and low 30s.