Spinouts reported as Boston wakes up to spring snowstorm

The spring snowstorm slowed traffic Monday on highways throughout Greater Boston, with multiple spinouts and accidents reported on major highways while delays were also experienced by commuter rail riders around 10 a.m., according to traffic monitors and the MBTA at around 9 a.m.

The snowstorm is expected to bring about 6 inches of snow to Boston before it fades away by mid-morning. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing in time for the evening commute, according to the National Weather Service and officials.

MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin said he expects the HOV lane on the Southeast Expressway to be open for the evening commute, given the warming temperatures and the fading storm. The HOV lane was closed during the morning.


Tinlin said that once the storm does end, crews will return to the highways and work on pushing back snow on those highways where it remains.

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“I think the crews did a good job,’’ said Tinlin, who added that when he reviewed images from highway cameras positioned around the state “all I am seeing is black and wet pavement, which is absolutely what you want to see.’’

On the highways, MassDOT reported at 10 a.m. that it had deployed 2,476 crews across the state, salting and plowing slushy, snow-covered roads.

State Police were busy responding to reports of spinouts on main highways around Greater Boston around 10 a.m. Tinlin said none of the crashes resulted in significant injuries.

By 10 a.m., travel time for drivers on major highways had substantially improved, according to traffic monitors.


Somerville will lift its snow emergency as of 11:30 a.m. uThe city of Boston never declared one.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles said that road tests scheduled to be held between 9 a.m. and noon are being canceled at the following locations: The Dorchester Armory, Cambridge Armory, Watertown, Brockton, Braintree, Haverhill, and Plymouth.

The MBTA reported delays on several commuter rail lines during the morning commute. Around 9 a.m, problems were reported on the Providence and Newburyport lines.

The remaining commuter rail lines and subway lines were reported to be operating on schedule, according to the T.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported around 9 a.m. that Boston’s Logan International Airport was open and operating on time, but Massport’s flight status system was reporting some airlines had canceled early morning flights.


Massport urged travelers to check with their airline before heading to the East Boston airport.

John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.