Sunday December 2, 2012

BECKET -- Although there were nearly 20 crashes in Berkshire County related to icy conditions and snow, only one person was reportedly injured.

Just after 6 p.m., a white Chevy Silverado pickup truck hit a pole on the right side of Main Road before swerving into the other lane and hitting a tree, Becket Police Officer Tyler Miller said at the scene.

The driver abandoned the car, leaving it parked on top of a mailbox before fleeing into the woods, Miller said. The driver was spotted by nearby residents and reportedly looked injured, according to dispatchers on the police scanner.

It was unknown if the driver of the vehicle was the owner. Becket police were still looking for the driver at 9 p.m.

The white Chevy Silverado received serious damage after hitting a pole and a tree.
The white Chevy Silverado received serious damage after hitting a pole and a tree. (Kayla Galway / Berkshire Eagle Staff)

Although many Berkshire County residents woke up Saturday morning to roughly an inch of snow, traffic conditions were nearly optimal with road crews working quickly to clear the streets.

Officials said there were at least 17 motor vehicle accidents throughout the day -- 10 in Pittsfield and seven in the Great Barrington area -- be cause of the road conditions, but all were considered "minor" and no one was injured.

According to the National Weather Service the snow isn't expected beyond this afternoon and Berkshire County is in for a big temperature swing Monday and Tuesday.

Meteorologist Brian Mont gomery said Saturday's storm was just a "prelude to the warmer air system" coming in today.

"The clouds will stick around but the temperatures are on the rise," he said.

Monday temperatures shou ld be in the lower 50s for most of Berkshire County and Tuesday could see near-record highs in the low 60s, Montgomery said.

"It'll be a flip-flop week between temperatures," he said. "But all in all it's a great start to December no matter what kind of weather you prefer."