Snow Accumulating, Along with Accidents
Be careful out there. Several reports of cars off the road as the pace of snow picks up.
When rush hour and accelerated snowfall collide, so do vehicles on sloppy roadways.
Everett Turnpike from Bedford to Nashua in both directions and beyond, is seeing its share of mishaps, according to state police scanner chatter. Commuters traveling on I-93 and I-293 were also encountering ice, after a day of constant precipitation started to cling to the roadway as temperatures began dropping.
"The roads are icing up and we need DOT out here," said one Trooper just after 5 p.m. as he reported a car off the side of the road on I-93 North near Exit 6, followed by two more cars off the road.
At 5:20 p.m. state police were responding to an accident at I-93 Exit 9 North involving four vehicles.
If you must go out, please drive with caution.
The following statement was issued by NH State Police in advance of the storm:
The New Hampshire State Police would like to remind everyone to limit road travel to allow our partners from the Department of Transportation to clear and treat the roadways.
If you must be on the roads, please slow down and allow extra space between your vehicle and others. Winter conditions call for different driving tactics. When there is ice and snow…please, take it slow! Slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering, and slower braking.
Please keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Driving in a snowstorm is not the time to be driving while distracted.
When sharing the roads with a plow truk, please, don't crowd the plow. Don’t travel beside a plow truck for long periods of time. A snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted; you may see them, but they may not see you.
Before venturing out, please make sure you've cleared the snow off all of your vehicle's windows and lights, to include your brake lights and turn signals. And ALWAYS buckle up!
The best place to be during a snow storm is home. If you must be on the roadways, give yourself extra time to reach your destination safely. It's not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation.