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Road Conditions Turn Ugly in Worcester



    Cars are having a difficult time navigating through the slushy mixture left by October's Nor'easter (Published Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014)

    (NECN: Tom Langford, Worcester, Mass.) - New England’s first significant snowfall is creating a tire spinning, slip-sliding slushy mess.

    “It's Halloween!” said John Cain

    And oh yeah, it's only October.

    In Worcester, the rate of the snowfall has slowed significantly in a few hours, but there's still a couple of inches of snow on the ground, and the type of snow it is makes the roads very slick, causing some problems.

    “I don’t even know what to say,” said Tatiana Seles.

    Seles says, this early season snowy surprise made her drive into Worcester tonight an adventure.

    "A four wheel drive vehicle went off the road twice on the way here," said Seles. "Coming from Holden. Salisbury Street is a mess, there’s trees all over the road. Its not fun.”

    Plows are out.

    In fact, the state of Massachusetts spent the day getting ready to send more than one-thousand pieces of equipment out to fight the flakes.

    The transportation secretary says, an October snowstorm creates some unique problems.

    “With the expected weight of the snow on the foliage on the trees, that’s something that is unusual for this time of year and it's likely to take down healthier trees that normally wouldn’t be brought down in a storm like this if it was December,” said Richard Davey.

    Back in Worcester – so far, trees aren’t the problem…

    But slippery conditions are.

    Roads like this are so slick… John Cain had to walk up this hill to get home.

    “My girlfriend had to drop me off down the hill, she couldn’t make it up.” said Cain.

    Massachusetts State Police report numerous spin outs and crashes on 290 as well as Interstate 395, Route 146 and the Mass Pike.