PITTSFIELD -- The winter's first large snowstorm could lead to potentially hazardous road conditions this morning, particularly in South County, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow is expected to fall in Berkshire County through early this afternoon. But in South County the storm's combination of freezing rain, sleet and temperatures dropping down into the single digits was expected to create "treacherous" road conditions.
"Any winter precipitation will probably stop around noon," said meteorologist Joe Villani.
Six to 12 inches of snow was expected in the Berkshires as a result of the potent coastal storm that hit much of the Northeast. The city of Pittsfield's snow emergency remains in effect through 8 p.m. today.
The National Weather Service predicted temperatures today to range from 29 degrees down to a low of 10. Light snowfall could potentially fall later in the week following a Monday lull.
"There's a likelihood of light snow on Tuesday," Villani said.
Prior to the full force of the storm hitting the Berkshires, about a half-dozen cars were reported to have slid off roads, according to the county dispatch station. Four of the accidents took place around Becket and Otis. There were no serious injuries.
The large crowd at Berkshire Mall was attuned to the storm bearing down.
There were patrons waiting to get in when the mall opened on Saturday at 10 a.m., according to mall personnel, as they tried to get their Christmas shopping done early. Officials at the mall and Lee Premium Outlets said there was busy foot traffic in the morning before business died out in the afternoon in anticipation of the storm.
Shoppers came out early, canceled long commutes to larger surrounding malls, and tried to cram together as much shopping as they could with Christmas less than two weeks away.
"We were thinking about going to Holyoke and then we decided to go here and we came out earlier," said Pittsfield resident Judi Clemons, one of the first customers to arrive at the mall.
By noon, she declared herself nearly finished with her Christmas shopping. She had picked up her daughter at 9 a.m. and they were planning to go home well before the snowstorm blew in.
"I am going to stay home and wrap," Clemons said about her plans for today.
Holding onto more than a half-dozen bags from Bath & Body Works, JCPenny, and Macy's, Janet Andrews also arrived before the mall opened and declared herself three-quarters of the way toward wrapping her Christmas shopping for the season.
"I was planning to do a little, but now I am going to get two days worth of shopping done," Andrews said.
Around 1 p.m., Andrews said she had one more shopping stop before she'd be hitting the road to get home -- and then Mother Nature could let loose the snow.
"I love the snow and with the storm on the way I think it's awesome. I hate a green Christmas."
Eagle staff writer Phil Demers contributed to this story.