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December 24, 2013

Rain, followed by cold, makes treacherous roads

Rain, followed by cold, makes roads treacherous

A blast of cold weather could make for icy driving conditions today and tomorrow for Christmas holiday travelers.

Balmy temperatures last weekend, followed by yesterday's steady rain, melted much of last week's snow, but temperatures in the area are expected to remain at or below freezing until Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Police urge motorists to use extreme caution and watch out for black ice. Toward the beginning of the rainy weather, a few minutes after midnight Sunday, a couple of teenagers in Georgetown failed to exercise caution and one of them had to be transported to the hospital after he crashed his car into a tree, police said.

He and another teenager were racing their cars on Baldpate Road, police said. Sgt. Scott Hatch encountered the crash near 84 Baldpate Road while on patrol. David LeBlanc, 19, of 231 West Main St., the driver who ended up in the hospital, was issued a summons for driving under the influence of liquor, racing, negligent operation and speeding.

Joseph Mangano, 18, of 15 Madison Ave., was issued a summons for racing, negligent operation and speeding.

Late yesterday, one person was transported to a hospital and another was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of liquor after an accident on Johnson Street in North Andover a few minutes before 11 p.m. Further details were not available at press time.

Last night, the temperature bottomed out at 24 degrees, and today's high is forecast at 32 degrees, with sunny and clear skies. But tonight is forecast to be cold, with a low around 14 degrees. Tomorrow, the temperature is forecast to get only to 23 degrees during another mostly sunny day, and down to 20 degrees overnight.

The wet roads and low temperatures could create conditions for patches of ice or black ice on roads.

Thursday, the temperature is forecast to be 37 with cloudy conditions.

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