Blizzard's Over but Motorists Should Still Observe Caution Heading Back to Work
A high wind warning is still in affect from the National Weather Service through Monday night. Motorists should be cautious for the morning commute with strong winds, gusts and a wind chill of six degrees below zero in the forecast.
While the first nor'easter of the season kept most motorists off the roads and at home Sunday night and Monday morning, it's back to work on Tuesday.
Public works and highway crews had major roadways cleared by late Monday morning as the worst of the blizzard abated, but due to chilly temperatures this evening and strong winds blowing snow around, the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather alert through midnight. A coastal flood advisory is also still in affect.
Northwest winds of 20-30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are expected to last through late this evening.
"Winds will be strong enough to bring down some trees and power lines. This will be especially more common in areas where heavy wet snow is coating trees causing them to be weakened," according to the weather advisory.
Factoring in the wind chill, temperatures could drop as low as four degrees below zero. Despite sunshine and a high of 32 degrees forecast for Tuesday, a brisk west wind, gusting up to 45 mph, could see a wind chill of six degrees below zero.
Motorists should watch out for any ice formation on the road and observe extra caution tomorrow for the morning commute, which will likely see heavier traffic with people heading back to work.
Before you leave home in the morning, check the live video feeds from the Mass. Department of Transportation for major state highways online at http://www.mass.gov/511/cameras.
The blizzard also postponed highway construction on Route 128 on Monday, but motorists should expect work to resume on its regular schedule going forward. The temporary roadways shifting from the median at Exit 23 and reduced speed limit is still causing slight traffic delays. The $23 million project is about 14 percent complete.