Wintry mix creates slippery conditions before switch to rain

Several crashes occurred Friday morning as motorists slipped on roads made slippery by a wintry mix of rain and sleet.

The wintry mix of precipitation arrived before dawn on Friday. Conditions were particularly slick to the north and west of Route 128.

“(The storm) is going to bring warm air with it, but initially, it will be cold enough to support … a little bit of an icy mix,” StormTeam 5 chief meteorologist Harvey Leonard said.

In Fitchburg, for example, a car lost control while driving down a hill on Milk Street. It slid off the side of the road and ended up teetering on the edge of a 4-foot retaining wall. None of the four people inside were injured.

Also in Fitchburg, a crash involving a school van occurred on Wanoosnoc Road and a car slid into a fence at Canton Street and Romano Road.

Latest Futurecast

The storm that brought the conditions to Massachusetts had previously delivered snow across the northern and central plains.

Any wintry precipitation should change to rain during the later morning hours Friday. The immediate Boston area and points south will start as rain and remain wet through all of Friday.

Areas that do receive any snow or wintry mix may see a solid coating to an inch before a changeover.

Winter weather advisories were posted for areas north of the Mass Pike and west of I-495 for early Friday morning.

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