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Road conditions expected to worsen as colder temps settle in

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(Old Westfield Rd. in West Springfield, Western Mass News photos) (Old Westfield Rd. in West Springfield, Western Mass News photos)
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Depending on where you are it may not feel that cold on this Saturday morning, but soon all that rain could turn to ice and road crews are preparing.

The MassDOT reports a "flash freeze" is possible as the temperatures continue to drop to below freezing throughout the day.  

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Those wet roadways could certainly pose a danger as the days goes on ...almost like Old Westfield Road in West Springfield which is completely impassable!  Flooding below a bridge on that road is so high that the area was shut down to drivers.

With nowhere for all the rain to go and colder temps expected as the day wears on, ice on the roadways will become a concern.

“The public should plan for very challenging driving conditions today,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. 

The city of Chicopee has already begun to combat that concern, their DPW director telling Western Mass News that they had crews pre-treat roads with salt to eliminate ice.

According to Mass DOT, water can build up on low lying pavement and they've already begun treating roadways like that where the rain has stopped.

Even with their preparation, Mass DOT is advising caution to drivers because salt can be quickly washed away if rain or pooling persists--allowing for ice to form almost instantly.

Many streets and roadways did have concerns with flooding Friday but after our latest check ins with police Saturday morning they’re not reporting any major issues.

Still, it’s not a bad idea to take it slow out there. Lots of streets have water on them. 

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