“I’m not ready! I was in Florida yesterday – I thought, ‘Why should I go home?!'”
Multiple crashes were reported on roads in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as snow began to fall in the area. Traffic has reportedly slowed in many areas.
“We’ve seen a couple of accidents going into Massachusetts from New Hampshire,” said Chris Dixon of Providence, Rhode Island. “It looks like it’s going to get worse though, so we’re hoping to go home tonight and feel comfortable.”
Jacquelyn Goddard of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation tweeted shortly after 5:30 p.m. that a fatal crash closed southbound Interstate 495. Traffic detours at Exit 115.
Wellesley police said on Twitter at around 5 p.m. that they were dealing with “various minor accidents around town, mostly on Route 9 with snow. Roads are slick – first this December Real snow, beware. They also tweeted a photo of Hwy 9 covered in fresh snow.
Billerica Police said they were responding to crashes in their town on Glad Valley Drive and Lexington Road, Chelmsford Road and Salem Road.
Methuen police said they were still dealing with multiple crashes across the city and urged people to be cautious on the roads.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said it has lowered the speed limit on the Massachusetts Turnpike from the New York border to mile marker 21 to 40 mph. State police also restricted specially licensed tractor-trailers and two-person trailers from traveling on Massachusetts’ Pike Road between New York and Mile 55. Mass. DOT deployed about 500 pieces of equipment.
Across the border in New Hampshire, the state Department of Transportation tweeted shortly after 5 p.m. that a crash in Nashua closed exit 5W on the south side of the Everett Turnpike.The scene was cleared shortly before 5:30 p.m.
Earlier Sunday night in Newton, Mass., a row of cars was also parked on the westbound side of Highway 9 on Cragmore Road, according to police.
In Belmont, police reported multiple accidents due to icy roads. Belmont police warned residents on Twitter not to go out during the storm, tweeting a photo of a car that appeared to swerve into the oncoming lane.