John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
With warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine in the forecast for the Memorial Day weekend, thousands of motorists were hitting the state's roads this afternoon.
As of 5 p.m., State Police said there were no major accidents on area roadways. Traffic was brisk by moving steadily on Route 3 on the approach to the Sagamore Bridge.
Earlier today, traffic snarled on the Massachusetts Pike in central Masasachusetts.
Cars on the eastbound side were backed up about 8 miles after a tractor-trailer rolled over into the median around 6 a.m. in Charlton, spilling baking flour onto the roadway and closing several lanes for hours, State Police said. The scene was cleared about 12:30 p.m.
The accident occurred when the tractor-trailer rolled into the median at mile marker 86, State Police Sergeant Matthew Murray said. It was carrying about 48,000 pounds of baking flour, State Police said.
The eastbound left lane was closed as the cargo was removed and the scene was cleared, Murray said. All eastbound traffic and the westbound left lane were also stopped earlier in the morning.
The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, State Police said.
Murray said all lanes are now open, and traffic is flowing as normal -- sort of.
"As normal as can be expected on the Mass Pike during a holiday," Murray said. "Traffic is heavy, and the accident only made that more challenging."
State Police also reported traffic problems after an accident on Route 2 this morning.
Murray reminded people that troopers would be out in force all weekend and would be enforcing the "Click It or Ticket" campaign. He advised caution when hitting the highway.
"You want to make sure that you plan plenty of time for travel to your destination," Murray said.
Motorists will find that gasoline prices in Massachusetts have fallen four cents over the last week, according to AAA Southern New England. AAA’s May 24 survey of prices in Massachusetts found self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.829 per gallon, four cents less than last week.
Once you get to your destination, the weather will be perfect, forecasters said.
"Generally, it's going to be sunny right through today, tomorrow, Sunday, and even Monday for the most part," said Charlie Foley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.
Temperatures across the area are expected to reach the upper 60s today and the mid 70s on Saturday, Foley said. Sunday could see temperatures in the mid-80s, with a possibility of showers in some areas in the evening.
"See you on the beach," Foley said.
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