Photo Gallery | February snow
For frustrated winter sports enthusiasts, Friday morning's light snowfall was just a tease, though it did brighten the gray landscape into something resembling a typical early February scene.
Others pleased by the lack of challenging winter storms found that Friday's snowfall caused by a coastal storm southeast of Cape Cod was merely a nuisance.
The preliminary measurement at Pittsfield Municipal Airport was 2 inches, while Otis hit the county jackpot with nearly 5 inches, according to unofficial social media postings. Lower amounts were reported in Northern Berkshire and southwestern Vermont.
It was another remarkable near-miss for the snow-deprived area — just east of Sandisfield in southeast Berkshire, the town of Tolland measured a foot of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., a few miles north of Hartford, got nearly 7 inches.
Reports from the Pioneer Valley ranged from 3 to 6 inches, with 11 inches in Worcester and 5 to 10 inches in the Boston metro area. Even Cape Cod saw at least 3 inches, according to an observer in Sandwich.
Nearly 90,000 customers were without power around 3 p.m. Friday, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reported. A multivehicle accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Palmer brought all westbound lanes to a halt at mid-afternoon.
So far during this virtual winter, the National Weather Service station at Pittsfield Airport has measured a minuscule 7 inches — the average from October to early February is 43 inches. Up to now, this season has been tied with 2006-07 as the least snowy since 1912-13.
Another coastal storm and an approaching system from the Great Lakes early next week are expected to yield yet another near-miss for the Berkshires and southern Vermont, according to government forecasters in Albany, N.Y.
Following a tranquil weekend, National Weather Service meteorologist Hugh Johnson stated on Friday afternoon, "computer models are in fairly good agreement that there will only be minor impacts from these systems."
There's a slight chance of light snow between Monday night and Wednesday, followed by a sharp turn to below-normal temperatures.