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.

City worker Edwin Torres cleans the walk at the intersection of North Street and Maplewood Avenue.
City worker Edwin Torres cleans the walk at the intersection of North Street and Maplewood Avenue.

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.

Contact Clarence Fanto at 413-637-2551.