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Freezing drizzle causes concerns for Monday morning commute

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A light coating of ice developed in the Springfield area on Monday morning, causing some slow travel on roadways to begin the work week. Flurries began a few hours before dawn, but freezing drizzle remains the primary concern until the afternoon.

While a significant amount of precipitation has not developed for the region, a trace of freezing rain can be just as problematic on the roads as a moderate snowstorm. 

A glaze of ice on the roadways in Connecticut around 7 a.m. closed Interstate 91 north between exits 20 and 21 near Cromwell. Forecasts call for those pockets of freezing drizzle to move north into western Massachusetts throughout Monday morning.

Because this weather system moves up into Springfield from the south, it pushes in some milder air aloft, while temperatures at the surface remain stuck below freezing throughout the morning. The milder air aloft changes the precipitation type from snow to freezing rain. 

The forecast calls for a changeover to plain rain showers in the Pioneer Valley for the afternoon as temperatures warm up above freezing.

Click here for a list of closings and delays around the area.

Click here for the complete Pinpoint Weather forecast.

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