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First Blast of Winter White Makes for Tricky Travel


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — The overnight storm made travel treacherous for those on the roads Wednesday night and Thursday.

DPW crews were out in full force to treat the streets but for most, even with the plows out, it was a tough commute.

The late night, late year winter blast the blanketed western Massachusetts was a holiday headache to anyone who had to hit the roads at the height of the storm.

“The roads are looking pretty bad. It’s pretty slippery out here. Be careful as you ride around the city.”

“You might want to stay as far as you can from any cars when your behind them behind you ain’t going to stop as fast as you think you can.

The buildup of snow, slush, sleet and ice made for slow travel on secondary roads like Liberty Street in Springfield, but for many who didn’t need to go out, it was actually quite picturesque.

“I actually thought it was beautiful. I love snow. It’s..it makes winter winter. It’s not winter without a few inches exactly or feet,” says Michelle Labonte of Chicopee.

The Biltoc family is visiting from sunny Florida, so the major change in climate was actually a nice change of pace.

“It’s different. We dont have seasons. I don’t see anything. I see sun and sweat. [Sun and sweat? So this is a nice change?] It is. It’s very nice,” adds Heather Biltoc.

Heather’s sister, Gabby, says, “You get to make snowmen and stuff. You get to play in it. [Have you had a snowball fight with your sister yet?] Yes. [Who won?] Me!,”

But the not so friendly weather was a bit of a sticking point for the Biltoc’s. Their car got stuck driving through Bright Nights late last night.

“The last curve when you’re coming up Bright Nights, there were about six cars that were swerving everywhere, so I waited in the car with the younger kids and then the older kids got out and were pushing people up the hill,” says Melissa Biltoc.

But that didn’t damper there taste of a true New England winter experience.

With temperatures expected to stay near freezing, secondary roads are expected to remain slick

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