Wet leaves creating slippery conditions, clogging storm drains across western Mass.

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Both the rain and the leaves falling from trees this time of year can make for dangerous conditions. 

At 6:30 a.m. it was starting to rain a bit heavier than it was earlier Tuesday morning along Elm Street in West Springfield.

This is the time of year when leaves can become an issue. Heavy rain and added winds can cause trees to lose their leaves, which can make for some slippery roads.

Wet leaves on the road can cause your car to slide, so it’s important to drive slow and leave extra room between you and the car in front of you, especially when it’s raining.

The combination of rain on wet roads and wet leaves can make your tires lose contact with the road, and that could be just as dangerous as driving on ice.

22News spoke to one woman who was affected by Tuesday’s wet and cold weather.

“Just driving with the pouring rain, at least the rain is stopping now,” said Donna Fontaine of Chicopee. “The dampness and the cold, and there’s more cold coming, right?”

If you have a storm drain in front of your home, you’ll also want to make sure to keep it clear.

This time of year, it’s easy for the storm drains to get clogged up with leaves and debris, causing them not to work correctly, which could result in some minor flooding. 

A storm drain on Elm Street was pretty clogged up Tuesday morning. There were leaves blocking a good portion of it. 

It didn’t seem to be causing an issue with drainage as of 6:30 a.m., but could potentially change as the rain continues throughout the day Tuesday.

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