A strengthening winter storm off the New Jersey coast dumped up to six inches of snow across the Berkshires on Tuesday, leading to numerous traffic headaches -- but no serious injuries.
The storm followed an early-morning deep freeze that sent temperatures well below zero in most of the area.
Bands of snow began moving into the county following a mid-morning coating of an inch or two, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y. By Tuesday evening, the storm had passed through, leaving between 2 to 6 inches on local communities.
Adams took the brunt of the blow, reporting 5.8 inches; Great Barrington had just 2.
Police reported that numerous vehicles had slid off roadways, but no injuries had been reported by early evening.
State Police in Cheshire said a tractor-trailer had slid across Route 116 in town and was blocking both lanes of the highway near Fales Road.
In Great Barrington, a section of Route 7 near Monument Mountain was closed for a time because vehicles could not make the steep grade during the snowfall.
In Pittsfield, police reported no accidents or injuries Tuesday evening but one vehicle had slid off Williams Street.
Vermont State Police reported that a section of Route 9 in Searsburg near Route 8 was closed for a time during the storm.
Because of extremely cold temperatures, the dry, fluffy snowfall may have been easy to shovel, but it turned to icy patches on area roadways, making for hazardous travel in spots.
When the snow started at about 7 a.m., it was zero degrees in Berkshire County. When it ended at about 7 p.m., the high of 15 degrees had dropped to 12 degrees.
According to Ian Lee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany, Berkshire County could see some more snow Friday night, but increasing temperatures -- heading into the 40s -- will cause the precipitation to change to rain on Saturday and Sunday.
Pittsfield Municipal Airport recorded a low of minus 4 at 7 a.m., while Harriman & West Airport in North Adams hit minus 9, the National Weather Service reported. The coldest reading, minus 12, was reported by a weather observer in South Williamstown.
The record low for this date at Pittsfield’s airport, minus 9, was set in 1951.
Eagle staff writers Jim Therrien and Scott Stafford contributed to this report.
Great Barrington 2 inches
Becket 2.5 inches
Lanesborough 3.5 inches
Adams 5.8 inches
North Adams 4 inches
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Early-morning low temperatures on Tuesday in Berkshire County:
South Williamstown -12
North Adams (airport) -9
South Egremont -8
Pittsfield (airport) -4
Great Barrington -3
Source: National Weather Service