A blast of cold temperatures, strong winds and a flash freeze on area roadways Thursday morning reminds residents of western Massachusetts that winter isn't officially over yet.
In Springfield, temperatures quickly dropped from 35 degrees at 11 p.m. Wednesday to 16 degrees by 7 a.m. Thursday. Moisture leftover on roadways and sidewalks from Wednesday evening's rain will be able to freeze over because of the sudden drop in temperatures.
MassDOT reported more than 900 crews statewide were treating the roads before dawn.
Lingering snow showers will also be moving through the region Thursday morning, but accumulations will be rather minor. Less than an inch is expected for the Springfield and Northampton areas, with 1 to 2 possible in Franklin County and the hill towns.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory until noon Thursday for potentially icy surfaces but not significant snowfall.
Snow ends by Thursday afternoon, but the bitter cold will not. High temperatures will struggle to reach 20 degrees in Springfield. Northwesterly winds gusting up to 40 mph will keep wind chills in the single digits.
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