Saturday May 25, 2013

ADAMS -- Mount Greylock was closed Saturday morning due to snow on the roads leading to the summit.

Officials will decide whether to reopen the roads Sunday morning.

"We got a little snow so we had to shut the roads down," said Marge Wigglesworth, a clerk at the Mount Greylock Visitors Center. Toward the summit, she said, there was at least three or four inches on the roads, which made them "very slippery."

"We had little choice -- we had to close the roads for safety reasons," she noted.

It was evident by 9 a.m. that there might be a snow issue, and by 10 a.m. the roads were closed, she said. And the snow kept coming all day.

"It's still raining here (at the Visitors Center), so its still snowing at the summit," Wigglesworth said. "This is a rare occurrence for Memorial Day weekend."

Normally, Memorial Day weekend is a popular time to visit Mount Greylock.

Not this year.

Wigglesworth said all overnight campers have left the mountain. Everyone at Bascom Lodge was evacuated, with overnight guests sent to alternative lodging nearby. Even the rangers were pulled out.

But some backpackers -- "hearty souls" by Wigglesworth's account -- might have kept hiking on the mountain.

"We'll assess the roads and make a decision at about 9 a.m. Sunday whether to reopen," she said. "It just depends on how much more snow we get."

Wigglesworth added that people have been understanding about the closing.

"They know it is an act of nature and there's nothing anybody can do about it -- we can't have cars slipping off the roads," she said.

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