At 6:30 this morning, we headed out for a Sunday morning walk with our dog. Light rain was just beginning but the temperature was only 22 degrees. That combination meant that as soon as the raindrops hit the ground, they would freeze. It wasn’t too bad at first, but by the time we turned for home enough ice had accumulated on the road to make it dangerously slick.
To me, freezing rain presents the worst weather conditions of all and, from the constant reports on the police radio for the past two hours, many others in the Greater Lowell region will concur. The number of accidents is easily in the hundreds, many of them serious with injuries. As emergency vehicles head towards an accident scene to which they’ve been dispatched, they are reporting other accidents along the way. It really seems like road crews were taken completely by surprise by this freezing rain because there was a significant delay in getting sand on these icy roads, not just in Lowell but in every community in the area.
The good news is that the temperature is rising towards 32 degrees. While the rain continues, the ice seems to be dissipating a bit. I just went out and checked our parked-in-the-driveway cars. An hour ago, they were encased in ice. Now it’s just slush that was easily removed with a scraper. Still, if you plan to head out soon – don’t. Roads are closed due to accidents all over the place. In a few hours, it still might be raining, but it should be safe to venture out.