MassDOT Gears up for Winter Storm

Umbrella-RainBARNSTABLE – Motorists wary of Wednesday’s storm hit the roads in droves on Tuesday, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Verseckes.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is often considered the busiest travel day, but Verseckes said this year that was not the case.

Verseckes said the decrease in volume was helpful before and during the snow storm as MassDOT staffers worked on the roads.

“There was a pretty major exodus out of major metropolitan areas so I think folks trying to get where ever their destinations were for Thanksgiving, they were monitoring the forecast and adjusting their plans to leave early, which is good,” he said.

Cape Cod only saw rain on Wednesday but other parts of the state, particularly western Massachusetts saw up to a foot of snow.

Verseckes said of the conditions Wednesday, “We’re actually seeing a fairly heavy accumulation of snow in the Berkshire County area as well as up and down the Connecticut River Valley or out by I91,” he said.

The storm was expected to head east although the forecast was mostly rain for the Cape, which is what the Cape experienced Wednesday night. Because of the possibility of icing, MassDOT was making preparations for that on the state’s roadways.

“We’ll have crews out there around the clock if necessary,” he said. With the holiday and the inclement weather, MassDOT workers were on the alert.

“We’ll be monitoring the road conditions on the Cape throughout the remainder of the afternoon throughout rush hour and then during the evening overnight until tomorrow,” he said.