UPDATE: Crash blocks Rt. 9/495 onramp in Westborough as ‘flash freeze’ takes hold


UPDATE: This article has been updated to note that the I-495 onramp that has been blocked by a crash this morning had reopened as of 1:45 p.m.

WESTBOROUGH – A crash with injuries blocked the onramp from Route 9 Westbound onto I-495 North in Westborough this morning, according to the Westborough Fire Department.

Crews from Westborough and Southborough were on scene alongside Massachusetts State Police personnel as of 11:15 a.m.

The ramp had been reopened as of 1:45 p.m.

State officials issue warnings as conditions worsen

Officials throughout the state have warned of hazardous road conditions today as a mix of snow, rain, sleet and ice rolls through the region.

First responders have reported multiple crashes.

State officials, meanwhile, have opted to impose new restrictions on highway travel in particular.

There is a 40 mile-per-hour speed restriction in effect along I-90 between Boston and the New York border.

The state has also banned truck travel on I-90.

“Crews are dealing with a challenging storm that is changing from rain to snow and back again which reduces the effectiveness of treatment,” State Highway Administrator Johnathan Gulliver said in a tweet just after noon.

“Roads are icy in many areas,” he continued. “Please avoid driving if possible and reduce speed and use caution if you must be on the roadways.”

Forecasters project ‘flash freeze’

A new statement from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation shared around 12:30 p.m. noted that temperatures were dropping quickly, contributing to a “flash freeze” of standing water on pavement in many places.

The National Weather Service’s Boston Office, meanwhile, has shared its own forecast, showing temperatures plunging below 20 degrees through the afternoon and evening.


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