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MassDOT Cautions Travelers to Plan Ahead for Coming Blizzard

MassDOT is cautioning the public to plan ahead for a significant snowstorm expected from late Monday evening into Tuesday, which could cause widespread snow drifting and decreased visibility.

“Our snow and ice crews are closely monitoring the forecast and we know this winter storm could bring over a foot of total snow accumulation to many areas as well as heavy winds that may combine with snow and reduce visibility, creating challenging driving conditions throughout the state,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Drivers should make smart decisions on whether or not they need to be on the roadways during this storm and consider measures such as delaying travel plans until after the snow has fallen.”

At this hour, a blizzard warning is in effect for Essex, Plymouth, Barnstable, and Dukes Counties from 11 p.m., Monday, through 8 p.m. Tuesday. MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed as conditions necessitate. Crews are currently conducting preparation activities in advance of the winter weather and will be pretreating roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride. MassDOT is also currently planning deployments of snowplows and spreaders and maintenance equipment.

In the worst storms, MassDOT’s Highway Division is able to utilize up to 700 personnel to perform snow and ice removal operations on more than 15,000 lanes miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth. This winter, MassDOT will have approximately 4,200 pieces of state and vendor equipment available using over 150 depots and storage locations. This includes over 1,300 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.

If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.


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Yet Another Coastal Storm for East Coast I-95 Travelers

The third coastal storm in 2 weeks is poised to bring gusty winds, minor coastal flooding, and areas of snow, heaviest in New England.

After the precipitation ends in the Mid-Atlantic region Monday night, attention turns to New England as the third nor’easter in two weeks is expected to bring significant snow from Connecticut to Maine, with some locations possibly getting in excess of a foot of snow. Parts of upstate New York are also likely to get heavy snow through the middle of the week. With the forecast track of the storm expected to be farther southeast than the last two events, the highest winds and waves should remain over the offshore waters.

Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for all of southern New England.

Snow will begin after midnight with heavier snow and near-blizzard conditions Tuesday morning lasting into the afternoon.

Potential for 1″ to 3″ of snow per hour, combined with high winds, could lead to near impossible travel conditions around Tuesday morning and even the Tuesday afternoon commute.


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Virginia DOT: Beware of Ice on Roadways

While road conditions continue to improve across areas affected by this week’s snowstorm, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is warning motorists to remain on the lookout for ice.

Below freezing temperatures are expected to continue through Sunday. This means even roads that have been cleared could have icy patches during the overnight hours and mornings.

Where conditions warrant, crews will work around the clock to plow and treat roads until they are passable. In many areas, crews are beginning to shift their focus to secondary roads and neighborhood streets.

With the continuing low temperatures, make sure your emergency winter driving kit is properly stocked and includes items to keep you warm. Allow extra time for the trip, drive at a low speed and stay at a safe distance from other vehicles.

If you encounter slow-moving equipment such as snow plows, slow down and give them the right of way.

 


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Pennsylvania DOT Urges Drivers to Use Caution During Winter Weather

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting drivers that winter weather and the potential for snow squalls are in the forecast for areas covered by PennDOT District 9 (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties).

Sudden and heavy snow squalls are one of the biggest challenges that motorists, including PennDOT plow truck drivers, face during the winter. Motorists need to be alert for sudden squalls that can quickly cause roads to become snow covered. Heavy squalls can also cause whiteout conditions that can greatly restrict or virtually eliminate a driver’s visibility.

PennDOT is prepared, with plow trucks and other equipment ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep roads safe and passable.

Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths — when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.


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MassDOT Crews Continuing to Treat and Clear Roads

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation advises the public to avoid or minimize travel during the overnight hours as heavy winds, blowing snow, and very low temperatures will continue to make travel challenging throughout the state. Drivers should continue to make informed and smart decisions on Friday and throughout the weekend if they will be heading out onto the roadways.

If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to drive the conditions, lower their speeds, give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, and remember MassDOT’s message, “Don’t Crowd the Plow.” MassDOT strongly urges drivers to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote their full attention to what is ahead on the road.


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Winter Storm Orson Hits New England. Dangerous I-95 Travel

Winter Storm Orson is underway. I-95 travelers can expect blizzard conditions with heavy show, strong winds, poor visibility and dangerous driving conditions. Here’s the breakdown for those on I-95 Sunday, February 12, 2017 and Monday, February 13, 2017:

  • I-95 Southern Connecticut:
    • Winter Weather Advisory
    • Accumulating Snow (1″-3″)
    • Gusts 40-50 mph
    • Dangerous Travel
  • I-95 Rhode Island
    • Winter Storm Watch
    • Accumulating Snow (1″-3″)
    • Gusts 50-60 mph
    • Dangerous Travel
  • I-95 Massachusetts
    • Winter Storm Warning
    • Accumulating Snow (6″-12″)
    • Gusts 50-60 mph
    • Dangerous Travel
  • I-95 New Hampshire
    • Blizzard Watch
    • Accumulating Snow (12″-24″)
    • Gusts 50-60 mph
    • Dangerous Travel
  • I-95 Southern Maine
    • Blizzard Watch
    • Accumulating Snow (12″-24″)
    • Gusts 50-60 mph
    • Dangerous Travel
  • I-95 Northern Maine
    • Winter Storm Warning
    • Accumulating Snow (12″-24″)
    • Gusts 40-50 mph
    • Dangerous Travel

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Virginia Ready for Winter Storm, Suggests Avoiding Travel This Weekend

Light snow fell across the state of Virginia last night, with a second storm expected to bring heavy snowfall for central and southeastern Virginia, including I-95, beginning late Friday and lasting through Saturday morning. Heaviest accumulations are expected in the Hampton Roads region, which will make for hazardous driving conditions.

VDOT crews and contractors got a jumpstart on treating roads today by spreading salt and other materials to help prevent icing. Regardless of treatment, once snow falls, road surfaces will be slick.
Crews are fully prepared with equipment, fuel and materials. Traffic Operations Centers monitor road conditions and direct resources.
When the storm hits, crews work to clear interstates and primary roads first, then major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, and then other secondary roads and subdivision streets. Crews focus their efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.

I-95 travelers should monitor weather conditions and be prepared. Do not drive on snow and ice-covered roads particularly when the second storm hits this weekend with heavy snow expected from Richmond to Virginia Beach. Heavy snowfall is expected Friday night and will continue through Saturday morning, making for slick roads through the weekend and into part of next week because of freezing temperatures.


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