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Crashes Reported Throughout New England Amid Winter Weather; Caution Urged on Roads

Slick roads will be a challenge where the mix of sleet, snow and rain continues Saturday

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New Hampshire State Police were responding to crashes throughout the Granite State as snow, rain and sleet continued to fall across New England Saturday night.

Troopers urged commuters to drive according to the road conditions, leaving extra time to arrive safe at their destinations.

State police shared several pictures of crashes on Twitter, including one on Interstate 89 southbound in Hopkinton.

Later Saturday, Interstate 93 northbound was closed at mile marker .04 in Salem due to another crash, state police said. Drivers were asked to seek an alternate route of travel.

State police said they had received numerous calls for vehicles off of the road Saturday. Fortunately, most of these crashes resulted in no injuries.

The biggest snow accumulations were forecast for Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, where six to eight inches are expected in higher elevations. Boston and coastal communities could see just an inch, forecasters said. Southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut were expected to mostly see rain or a coating of snow.

Officials had warned of slick road conditions with sleet potentially falling in some areas and temperatures dropping. After temperatures in the mid 50s in parts in recent days, temperatures in the region dropped into the 30s and lower on Saturday.

Vermont and New Hampshire will also see more snow into the evening hours reducing visibilities to less than a mile in the mountain roads into Maine. 

State police said anyone on the roads Saturday is reminded to please drive with care, which includes, slowing down; using your headlights; leaving extra space between you and the vehicle you're following; putting away all distractions; and buckling up.

Drivers were also reminded to slow down and move over for any roadside emergencies, providing extra space for those responding to the crash.

In Massachusetts, the state's department of transportation said it had 533 pieces of equipment deployed statewide for snow and ice operations.

Acton police said they responded to a rollover crash on Concord Road where the car was on its roof, with a woman and her child passenger inside. There were no injuries, and police were not able to confirm that it was weather related.

Lakeville police had responded to a 3-vehicle crash Saturday but also said luckily no one was injured.

"Bad weather and holiday anxiety are a bad combo," police said on Twitter. "Please drive with caution."

Road conditions were expected to get worse Saturday night, making it not a great time for a road trip, but NBC10 Boston talked to a few driers who were out on the roads anyway.

“I’m driving back to Jersey and it’s hard to see the roads in front of us. There’s a lot of hail, rain," Allen Amedume said.

“I’m going to New York. I’m taking my daughter back to New York. She goes to school at Northeastern,” said Scott Storkamp.

Overnight (Saturday): Rain and fog coast, mix and freezing rain inland MA/NH boarder, snow far north. Lows in the 30s. Sunday: Overcast with rain/snow showers early, some icy spots N & W, breezy with increasing PM sun. Temps in the 30s. Sunday Night: Breezy and very cold. Lows upper teens to low 20s, wind chills in the low teens. Monday: Mostly sunny, breezy, and cold. Highs low 30s, wind chills in the 20s.

Snow and sleet started falling early Saturday afternoon along Interstate 495 in Bolton, and while the snow didn't amount to much on the ground, it was enough to coat the trees.

In Weston, MassDOT crews spent much of the day filling up trucks with salt and sand to keep the roads as safe as possible.

“It looks like there hasn’t been any accidents," Amedume said. "Every time it rains, it always seems like there’s an accident on the road, so hoping for none of that.”

“We’re trying to get back before it gets bad. The plows are driving around in Hartford, so I want to get out before they’re actually plowing.” Storkamp said.

As the winter weather continues and temperatures drop Saturday night, slick roads will become even more of a challenge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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