Rain keeps snow totals down in Southeastern Massachusetts

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Communities in Southeastern Massachusetts are cleaning up Tuesday night after a winter storm left behind a layer of heavy slush.

After a few inches of snow blanketed the area the precipitation turned over to rain, keeping the total accumulations much lower than communities further north. Despite that, driving conditions could be dangerous Tuesday night as temperatures fall and the wet roads freeze over.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said more than 100 trucks were out treating the roads starting at 3 a.m. By Tuesday afternoon, many were still hard at work, clearing storm drains to prevent street flooding.

The city has already used its entire $45,000 snow removal budget for the year, according to Mitchell. The mayor said paying plow drivers overtime is the biggest snow removal expense but that might not be as much of an issue Tuesday as anticipated.

“It probably also means that they, our plows, won’t be out as late tonight,” he said. “I’m thankful for those guys because they work really hard.”

With the New Bedford Half Marathon just five days away, officials said crews will be paying extra attention to the race route and will be clearing away any snow, ice, and debris on those streets.

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