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Snowy commute leads to minor crashes, spinouts

A minivan is involved in a crash in Sandwich, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (David Curran/Satellite News Service)

Southern New Englanders woke up to wintry conditions Thursday morning.

While only a handful of school delays were reported in southeastern Connecticut, side roads and highway ramps were snow covered and slick.

Rhode Island State Police reported they responded to about 15 minor crashes and that about a dozen cars slid off the roads. While no serious crashes or injuries were reported, traffic was snarled in multiple areas.

State police said the worst driving conditions were in southern Rhode Island, particularly Interstate 95, Route 1 and Route 4.

"State police would like to remind people to slow down during adverse weather conditions and allow extra time to get to your destination," a spokeswoman said in a statement.

Massachusetts State Police tweeted pictures of a car that slid off Interstate 190 in West Boylston and landed on its roof. No one was hurt.

"Take it slow this morning, there are slick areas," the tweet said.

Lori Tackmann, of Sharon, said it's best to stay off the roads until they are plowed and treated. She added that drivers should be more vigilant.

"This is Rhode Island. Everybody's got to hit the brakes and, you know, look at each other and everybody's on their phone. That's part of it. A little fender bender and that's it – it's over," Tackmann said.

NBC 10's Lindsay Iadeluca found traffic moving slowly on area highways.

But the Rhode Island Department of Transportation said in a statement that crews were out at 3 a.m. and that roads were clear ahead of the morning rush. They added that as traffic increased, the snow fell harder.

By 6 p.m., Storm Team 10's R.J. Heim said most roads and highways were clear across Southern New England.

Storm Team 10's Zack Green said steady snow showers persisted through 10 a.m. with upwards to 1-3 inches for coastal locations.

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