(Karyn Regal/WBZ NewsRadio)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Freezing rain, sleet, and ice made for a slippery commute across Massachusetts Monday morning—and the storm is expected to continue through Tuesday.
MassDOT said around 4:30 p.m. that 1,160 crews were clearing snow from state roads across Massachusetts.
Rain, drizzle, clouds, and fog were expected to continue in the city through the overnight hours—but in areas north and west of Route 495, where temperatures were below freezing, icy conditions remain in the forecast, and ice storm warnings and winter weather advisories continued into early Tuesday.
"This is a very complex winter storm event where you will have freezing rain, and right beside in the next community, or even within the same community, you will have sleet or more snow and slush," MEMA State Hazard Mitigation Officer Sarah White told WBZ NewsRadio. "It changes very, very quickly and rapidly."
Some significant icings were expected Monday at higher elevations, according to the National Weather Service.
Because of fluctuating temperatures, White warned that conditions could have changed significantly between the morning and evening commutes.
"The temperature has actually gone down, and as the system has moved across, some areas are more slushy and more icy than they may have been when you left for work this morning," White sa
WBZ-TV Meteorologist Terry Eliasen reported several lightning strikes from the storm.
White said MEMA was aware of several reports of tree limbs and power lines down in areas like the Berkshires, but said the reports were not widespread.
Power was out to hundreds of customers, mainly in the western part of the state. There were over 2,000 power outages in Massachusetts around 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to MEMA's outage map.
There were also at least 52 flight cancellations at Boston Logan International Airport Monday, as well as some flight delays, according to FlightAware.
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports