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Winter Storm Crews, Weston Depot, February 12, 2017MassDOT is advising the public that the National Weather Service is forecasting a wintry mix of precipitation for the state between tonight and Tuesday, December 31. Following dry conditions during the day today, there will be a mix of snow, sleet and rain developing in Western Massachusetts tonight which will move eastward.  As a result, an Ice Storm Warning has been issued for Franklin County, Hampshire County, Hampden County and eastern Berkshire County for tonight through Tuesday, a Winter Storm Warning has been issued for northern Worcester County into northwest Middlesex County tonight through Tuesday, and a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for all other areas of Middlesex County, Essex County, Norfolk County and Suffolk County tonight through Tuesday.

“The forecast is calling for a significant and potentially damaging ice event across the Berkshires and areas north of the Mass Pike tonight and Monday,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver.  “Anyone traveling should be aware all areas will be getting mixed precipitation for the next 72 hours and conditions may vary from hour to hour, from rain, to freezing rain, to sleet to possibly light snow.”

MassDOT Highway Districts always conduct preparation activities in advance of new weather systems and pretreat roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride when necessary.  In the most severe storms, MassDOT’s Highway Division utilizes up to 700 personnel to perform snow and ice removal operations on more than 15,000 lane miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth. This winter, MassDOT will have approximately 3,900 pieces of state and vendor equipment available throughout the duration of winter storms using over 150 depots and storage locations. This includes over 1,400 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.

For the most up-to-date information on impacts the storm system may be having on transportation, please follow on Twitter: @MassDOT @MBTA@MBTA_CR, and @MassRMV.

For updates on road and traffic conditions in Massachusetts, drivers can:

  • Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

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