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Spring Begins in New England With Black Ice



    Spring begins in New England with black ice

    Be careful out on the roads because we still have winter weather (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: Justin Michaels, Newton, Mass.) - Even though it's now officially Spring, winter weather marches on. New England is waking up to cold temperatures with snow on the ground and some dangerous black ice out on the road.

    Black ice is an issue this Wednesday morning on side streets and back roads, but highways like 128 are moving just fine. Although, it’s still a good idea to take it easy.

    It’s a slow go as you head out the door.

    “I came from New Hampshire and the back roads are pretty bad,” says Dave Dugrenier.

    Our most recent winter storm brought nearly 15 inches of snow to some areas, but the snow is the least of our troubles right now. The real problems: ice and black ice, that dangerous stuff you can’t see until it’s too late. It was an issue Tuesday, too.

    “I went to the right to avoid him because they always tell you to go to the right... And I realized I was going to still get him so I went to the left and he bounced off a guardrail, hit the side of the truck  and he jackknifed the truck,” says truck driver Marc Letourneau.

    This tanker truck jackknifed because of ice. Three people were hurt including the woman driving the SUV that ended up under the tanker.

    And in Foxboro, Mass., a head-on collision with a school bus was cause for some concern. It’s believed the icy conditions were to blame there, too.

    But as of 7:02 Wednesday morning, the birds got the e-mail to start chirping because Spring has officially started and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anybody who isn’t happy about that.

    “I like winter but I’m ready for it to be gone. Bring on the spring,” Andrew Peterson says.

    “I am definitely ready... Bring on the shorts,” says Debbie Patton.

    Because we are in New England, spring snow storms aren’t unheard of, so here’s a thought: there are 92 days until summer.