Slick roads, slow travel across Mass. for the morning commute

Slick roads, slow travel across Mass. for the morning commute
The bulk of the the snow and rain arrived early Thursday morning with winter weather advisories in effect until noon. (Boston 25 News)

A mix of rain and snow will make for a slow commute Thursday morning as roads are likely to be slick in some spots.

A coating of about an inch of snow is expected south of Boston, with 1-3 inches north and west and up to 6 inches in Central New England before it changes over to rain throughout the morning.

Winter weather advisories are in effect until noon for Central Massachusetts and northern parts of the state, with mostly rain expected for areas south of the Mass. Pike for the morning commute. Over a dozen schools have already announced two-hour delays.

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MassDOT has over 1,000 crews out treating roads but asked drivers to allow extra time for travel. Multiple crashes have been reported, including I-495 south in Haverhill and Route 128 north in Newton. Speed restrictions are in place on the Mass. Pike - between Palmer and the New York line.

Snow will spread in from the west around midnight. Minor accumulations are expected before a change to rain.

From Meteorologist Shiri Spear

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Winter driving tips from MassDOT:

- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights, even the hood and roof, before driving, (start with the tailpipe).

- Leave plenty of room for stopping

- Remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.

- Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.

- Bridge decks freeze first. Due to the difference in the exposure to air, the surface condition can be worse on a bridge than on the approach road.

- Exit ramps are an even greater challenge during the winter since they may have received less anti-icing material than the main line.

- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.

- Seat belts should be worn at all times – it’s the law.

- Most importantly please remember to slow down.

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