Temperature Drop Makes Roads Icy

By Sarah Birnbaum

Feb. 2, 2011

BOSTON — A sudden drop in temperature is making for a messy afternoon commute. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is urging drivers to take extreme caution. 

The temperature went from 36 degrees (F) earlier this afternoon to below freezing by late afternoon. It's extra-dangerous because the afternoon saw rain or sleet in many parts of the state, which will freeze and slick up roads.

“As the temperatures go down and the roads start to freeze, it’s particularly hazardous for people to be out.  So everyone just please exercise care,” the governor said.

The rain also weighed down already-heavy snow, collapsing roofs in a number of communities including Springfield, Wilmington and Easton. Officials say no one was hurt.

"We have had roof collapse reports from across the state, both commercial and residential.  We are monitoring those," said Mary Beth Heffernen, Massachusetts' Public Safety Secretary. " They are widespread and we are telling people to be very very careful.”

Heffernen says emergency management officials and search and rescue teams will stand by  as the  storm moves out of the region.

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