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Morning Snow Makes for Messy Commute


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — It wasn’t a lot of snow, but the timing couldn’t have been worse.

Just as the morning commute cranked up, so did the snow. That left roads challenging to say the least.

“They are terrible. They are awful. I left around 5:30 for work going through 75 in Suffield and they had a downed power line. I had to wait on that for ten minutes. Everyone is going like 15 to 20 miles per hour,” says one motorist.

Staying on the road was problematic for many and that kept Interstate Towing in Chicopee busy all morning

“Starting off around 5 o’clock this morning, my phone rang and we called all of our drivers in early. Typical spin-outs…obviously this happened at the worst time – morning rush – but your typical spin-outs. We had a couple tractor trailers jackknifed.”

“I think everybody is always in a hurry. Everybody’s gotta get there now and they just don’t take their time,” adds Nick Rekor of Brimfield

By mid-morning, the snowfall began to taper off, but the freezing temps remained leaving roads slushy and slick.

George Villa of Chicopee notes, “They just don’t know how to drive. You can’t go 65 miles per hours.”

And take it from someone you don’t want to be calling when the conditions get the best of you.

“My advice is to give yourself extra time. I asked all of our employees all of our staff we put an announcement out to take your time on the roads..use caution….keep your distance between other vehicles.”

If you are heading out later Wednesday, motorists are urged to take caution as there may be some refreeze happening on the roadways.

For the latest traffic conditions, you can call 511 on your cell phone or follow MassDOT on Twitter.

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