MassDOT: Check the weather before getting behind the wheel

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Winter weather is fast approaching and this latest storm will impact travel Sunday night, making the roads a little slippery for the Monday morning commute.

More: Severe Weather Alert: Heavy snow Sunday night into Monday

It’s important to plan ahead, especially before traveling on the roads. And for those relying on public transportation, expect delays on scheduled pick up and drop offs during the storm.

“Coming in with the weather, I’m just gonna have to take the bus a lot earlier than usual,” said Wilfredo Flores of Northampton. “So, instead of taking the bus an hour before time, I’m gonna take it like two hours.”

According to PVTA’s website, depending on the storm’s severity, it may take hours to days for detoured buses to return to their regular routes. MassDOT is encouraging people to check the weather before getting behind the wheel.

One Chicopee resident told 22News, he plans on getting up early Monday morning to account for the time it’ll take to clean his car and shovel his driveway.

“Starting the vehicles up early, cleaning off all the snow even on the roof,” Joshua Bourbeau explained. “It’s been real dangerous with people not cleaning off their snow, it’s causing accidents out there. So, basically just starting my day off earlier.”

The heaviest snow will pick up overnight Sunday leading to significant impacts to Monday morning’s commute.

MassDOT is reminding drivers to drive safe by reducing speeds and giving plenty of space to plows and other vehicles, that is to say, “Don’t crowd the plow.”

“I would recommend just leave a little, definitely a half hour earlier than usual, and just be aware of your surroundings and other people’s driving,” Bourbeau advised. “And go slow, no rush.”

22News will continue to bring you updates as the winter storm approaches.

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