Morning commute expected to be slippery as freezing rain hits local areas

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A winter weather advisory is in effect for all of western Massachusetts Wednesday night.

The evening started out with regular rain but the real issue is the periods of freezing rain that began around 8 p.m. and could last into Thursday morning.

The freezing rain could make untreated roads icy and slick overnight into the morning.

The National Weather Service in Boston said they are most concerned about the Thursday morning commute and warned drivers that road conditions could be hazardous.

The speed limit on the Mass Pike has been reduced to 40 mph from the New York state line to Exit 6 in Springfield.

Freezing rain does have the potential to take down branches and power lines, but icy roads seem to be the biggest concern heading into the morning.

Nicholas Latina of Springfield told 22News the best thing you can do is take it slow, “It was really hot and humid, it was nice out, the sun was out. Then the next thing you know we get hit with mad rain. Just be more cautious on the road. Watch out for potholes they haven’t filled out yet.”

The winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday. The freezing rain is expected to start tapering off between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to salt your walkways before heading out to your car in the morning as well. Roads and sidewalks left untreated are likely to be slick.

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