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Mass. officials warn of an icy morning commute, deploy plows for ongoing storm

A plow cleared snow in Everett in December. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said Thursday it is prepared to deploy 3,900 pieces of state and contractor snow-clearing equipment for the storm barreling toward the state.
A plow cleared snow in Everett in December. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said Thursday it is prepared to deploy 3,900 pieces of state and contractor snow-clearing equipment for the storm barreling toward the state.JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said it deployed 1,035 pieces of equipment early Friday and that crews were patrolling, spreading, and plowing roads amid an ongoing snowstorm that is expected to continue throughout the day.

Around 6 a.m., the Mass. DOT said Mass. State Police placed a 45 miles-per-hour speed restriction on Interstate 90 between between the New York border mile marker and the town of Russell.

Law enforcement officials are warning residents to be careful during their morning commutes as roads are icy.

On Thursday, the Mass. DOT said it was ready to deploy 3,900 pieces of state and contractor snow-clearing equipment. In total, the equipment includes over 1,400 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders, the Department of Transportation said in a statement.

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“Our snow and ice crews are closely watching the weather forecast and planning upcoming deployments of plows and other equipment in response to this storm,” MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said earlier Thursday in the statement.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory ahead of the snow storm expected to hit New England through Friday and into Saturday for some communities. The advisory began at noon on Thursday and will continue to 7 p.m. Friday, and until midnight for eastern Massachusetts.

The storm is expected to dump one to three inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Eastern Massachusetts is expected to see the highest snow accumulations.

Thursday night’s storm is anticipated to be a “long-duration storm,” the Globe reported.

Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on twitter @charliemckenna9.







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