MassDOT reminding drivers not to crowd snowplows after Thursday’s snow

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — “It was a little bit more snow than I think anybody expected in this region,” Shane Brooks, the Vice President of the Chicopee City Council, told 22News.

On a typical year, the first accumulating snow of the season doesn’t fall until the end of November. So while the Pioneer Valley has seen earlier snows, like the October storm in 2011, overall Thursday’s snowstorm had us shoveling and snow blowing relatively early.

And it was much worse for some compared to others, road conditions depended heavily on where you were driving. 

“Fortunately here in Chicopee our DPW does a phenomenal job with treating the roads. We often pretreat, so I thought the roads in Chicopee were well maintained and easily travelable. But in uh, some other municipalities it was a little bit tough,” Brooks explained. “But I think here in Chicopee we pride ourselves on having passable roads and our DPW does a wonderful job.”

Some stretches of I-91 North and South from Chicopee to Northampton were covered in snow Thursday night, and many cars, even SUVs, had trouble going above 30 miles per hour. So snowplows were out in full force. 

If you were out on the roads Thursday then you likely saw many cars surrounding the snow plows. Now many of us want to do it thinking road conditions will be safer, but Mass DOT wants you to know “Don’t Crowd the Plow.”

The campaign recognizes that while the road conditions are far better behind the plow, you still need to give yourself extra space behind the plow to allow the driver to give their complete attention to the road.

Mass DOT urges drivers to avoid speeding up and passing snowplows.

And we could see snow on the roads again soon, snow and a wintry mix are in the forecast from Sunday through Monday. But right now, accumulations are drastically lower than the amounts we saw Thursday.

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