Slush Ices Over on Mass. Roads - NECN

Slush Ices Over on Mass. Roads



    (NECN: Josh Brogadir) - State police have shut down a few stretches of 95 today to put down rock salt amid concerns the pooling water will freeze up and make travel treacherous.

    After days of cold, it was warm enough to rain in much of New England and there was nowhere for the pooling water to go.

    Outside the city of Boston, side roads in Newton were flooded, still drivers ventured through.

    More of the same on the highways, water spraying high along the ramps in Needham on 128 and in Dedham, as well.

    Wellesley had its share of flooding, but one of the worst places was along the Charles River on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton.

    Much of the pooling water eventually began to subside thanks to road crews clearing the storm drains of ice and debris.

    If you thought driving was tough, walking around the city of Boston was not without its challenges either.

    A 5 inch deep slushy Kenmore Square "pond" proved chivalry was alive and well as a young man gave a woman a piggy back ride across the water.

    And when you've soaked your socks and shoes once there's no going back in again.

    Then it got colder, this looks like granules of salt in Brookline, but at 23 degrees, it is graupel, soft snow pellets that are falling as a thunderstorm passes through.

    Wet pavement is visible on Route 9 in Framingham which is easily passable for now, with the concern that it will freeze over later.

    And there have been widespread road problems in Eastern Massachusetts - Littleton, Taunton, for example, and as it is now 21 degrees, the ice buildup is expected to continue throughout the night.