UPDATE: Westborough firefighters help rescue horse as messy winter storm muddies region

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Westborough firefighters assist a horse that had become stuck in mud on a property off Upton Road in Westborough on Monday. (Photo/Via Westborough Fire Department)

UPDATE: This post has been updated to include additional information on the impacts of today’s winter storm. 

REGION – Snow gave way to ice and rain Monday morning across the region, knocking out power in Marlborough and prompting a backup on I-90 in Grafton following a truck crash there.

Those were two of several issues and incidents on a messy morning for drivers on area roads.

Later in the day, in Westborough, firefighters helped rescue a horse that had been stuck in mud.

Firefighters responded to a property on Upton Road following that call and quickly found the horse needing help.

“The crew was able to assist [in] moving the horse to a safe location and it was not injured,” the Westborough Fire Department wrote in a post on social media shortly before 4:30 p.m.

Road closed in Marlborough due to downed power line

Police say Reservoir Street in Marlborough may be closed for up for 12 hours due to a downed power line. (Photo/Courtesy Marlborough Police Department)

In Marlborough, crews continued to work on the scene of downed power lines along Reservoir Street on Monday afternoon.

That road, which runs along the causeway across the Fort Meadow Reservoir, was shut down earlier in the day due to downed power lines, with police saying it could remain closed for much of the day.

A photo shared by police showed a telephone pole snapped in half with ice-slicked power lines sagging toward the reservoir itself.

Tractor trailer crash blocks traffic in Grafton

Still earlier in the morning on Monday, in Grafton, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation reported a tractor trailer crash blocking traffic on I-90.

State Police confirmed in an email to the Community Advocate early Monday afternoon that they responded to a jackknifed tractor trailer in the area at 4:30 a.m.

The truck had blocked all lanes, a spokesperson said. And a 2020 Toyota Camry operated by a 67-year-old Worcester man had struck the truck.

There were no injuries, though, and the Toyota was able to be driven away from the scene, according to police.

The truck was operated by a 28-year-old Salem man who was issued a citation following this incident.

Police said they cleared the area around 5 a.m.

A driver contacted by the Community Advocate said he was stuck in traffic behind the crashed tractor trailer after a night spent driving rideshares between Framingham and Boston.

“It was definitely a long night,” he wrote in a message hours after getting moving again.

Storm mixes snow, rain, high winds

Snow moved into the region overnight before transitioning to rain between 4 and 5 a.m. on Monday according to radar imaging shared by the National Weather Service’s Boston office.

That combination came as high winds whipped through parts of the state.

The Weather Service issued special weather statements beginning shortly after 4 a.m. warning of gusts over 40 miles-per-hour mixed with hail across a broad swath of Eastern and Central Massachusetts.

They then shared satellite images around 9:45 a.m. showing this storm beginning to pull away from the region.

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