Cold air led to slick morning commute across western Massachusetts

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Temperatures in Springfield Monday morning dropped to 5 degrees below zero, and with whipping winds, that created wind chills in the negative teens.

It was the first day so far this winter Pioneer Valley residents really had to layer up with some serious winter gear. After all, wind chills that low can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

The cold wasn’t only a problem for people trying to stay warm. After all the snow and sleet that blanketed the area Sunday, this surge of cold air froze everything up on local streets. 

“I was out and about at about 4:30/5 o’clock this morning and a little slick, but right now they seem to be okay,” Raymond Guilbert told 22News.

That freeze lead to plentiful black ice spots on roads, slowing the morning commute, for the most part on the secondary, untreated roads. That also meant if you didn’t shovel or snow blow your driveway or walkway Sunday, then you were in for quite the challenge Monday morning.

Thankfully, we will see a reprieve in the frigid cold this week. Highs will reach the low 20s on Tuesday and will warm to near 40 degrees by Thursday. 

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