BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts drivers are being asked to avoid traveling on Christmas morning after freezing rain turned roads icy.
Massachusetts State Police said “icy flash freeze conditions exist across the state” and “troopers are responding to cars sliding off the roads. They shared a photo of a car off a slippery road in Central Massachusetts.
“If you can avoid or delay driving please do so,” police said.
Icy flash freeze conditions exist across the state. Patrols in the Troops are responding to cars sliding off the roads. Roads are being treated. If you can avoid or delay driving please do so. This photo is from central Mass., Troop C. Stay safe. https://t.co/XzKn6ouSoK pic.twitter.com/kJMlNip3Xz
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) December 25, 2021
MassDOT had as many as 948 pieces of equipment deployed for snow and ice operations statewide Saturday morning.
From the Marlboro to New Hampshire, where there was a 15-car crash due to icy conditions, signs along I-495 read “Reduce Speed For Black Ice.”
The Topsfield DPW also said conditions are “extremely icy” Saturday morning.
In Wilmington, police said residents are seeing icy conditions all over town.
“We have received numerous 911 calls for crashes and people slipping and falling on the ice,” police said.