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Heavy rain, melting snow leads to street flooding

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A wild weather weekend is on tap with a record-breaking high today to an icy sub-zero flash freeze tomorrow.

There's also the threat of flooding and potential lightning are in the forecast. 

It is certainly a roller coaster.

"This is New England.  That is the bottom line.  This is New England, you never know what to expect," said John Washington of Springfield.

It's a deluge as the mercury rose to a record high.

Melting snow and pouring rains took a toll on roads throughout the Commonwealth.

In West Springfield, a sinkhole popped up on Piper Cross Road where an old water main once ran.

In Springfield, a portion of Tapley Road, near the DPW, was down to one lane for a time due to flooding.  Also, a portion of North Branch Parkway was flooded.

Police closed Pond Bridge Road in Holland over flooding concerns.

Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk said that New Ludlow Road, from the South Hadley line to Montcalm Street, is closed due to flooding.  It's expected to be cleared in one to two hours.

"It’s crazy.  We live in New England.  We see this all the time," said Timothy Walls of Chicopee.

Walls told Western Mass News that he is the one you call when Mother Nature throws us a curve ball.

"I mean, I’m prepared. I plow for a living, I have a sander, I go out take care of some hotels...some things locally.  I will be out and about," Walls explained

As the downpours continue and the temperature drops, driving conditions are expected to deteriorate.

"Look out for other people and be prepared to stop," Washington added.

Crews told Western Mass News that they are on standby for the changing conditions, but since flooding will wash away any pre-treatment of roads, any ice will be added challenge.

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