Blast of snow could dump up to 4 inches on Berkshires


PITTSFIELD -- A quick burst of snow that is slamming the Berkshires this afternoon could leave up to four quick inches, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.

Numerous accidents were being reported in Pittsfield as of 1 p.m., with driving conditions unsafe in some areas, according to police. One of the accidents involved a bus near Hillcrest Hospital, Pittsfield police Captain John Mullin said. Another accident on West Street involved a city of Pittsfield water department truck and another vehicle. Two vehicles were towed and at least one person was transported to Berkshire Medical Center with unspecified injuries, Mullin said.

An accident on Lee Road near Cranwell Resort in Lenox was slowing down traffic, according to county dispatch. No injuries were reported.

The snow is expected to last the remainder of the afternoon, and let up by evening, meteorologist Ian Lee said.

The southern part of Berkshire County could experience freezing rain during the afternoon. The rain should turn into snow this afternoon, Lee said.

Much of the new snow will be washed out on Thursday, when rain and warmer temperatures are expected throughout the county, Lee said.

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