Forecasters: 6 more inches of snow throughout the Berkshires


PITTSFIELD — By Monday evening, parts of the Berkshires could nearly double the amount of snow for the season thanks to another round of wintry weather.

Up to six inches of the white stuff — possibly more in the hill towns — could blanket the county from a storm system taking the same path as the one that dropped 3-4 inches on the region Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Albany, N.Y.

NWS forecasters say the area of low pressure will barrel out of the upper Midwest reaching the Northeast in the pre-dawn hours of Monday, with snowfall lasting until late afternoon. If the snowfall amounts materialize, the 10 or more inches of snow from the two storm systems would almost match the nearly 13 inches recorded at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport for the entire winter of 2016.

Some Berkshire cities and towns, along with MassHighway, had road crews out salting, sanding and plowing on Sunday and they are expected to be back at it throughout the day on Monday.

As of Sunday evening, local and state police reported few weather related problems throughout the day, with the exception of tree/motor vehicle accident on Route 20 in Lee.

Both National Grid and Eversource reported isolated outages in the Berkshires, as the regions two major electricity providers were busier from the Pioneer Valley to Boston and Cape Cod with more significant power blackouts

Electricity companies reported more than 9,000 outages in Massachusetts, over 5,000 in Connecticut and nearly 600 in Rhode Island.

Maine utility crews are working to restore power to more than 1,100 customers who lost power mainly due to high winds bringing tree limbs down on power lines.

New Jersey has about 46,000 outages, while Pennsylvania has more than 18,000.

High winds also caused a 17-year-old kayaker to capsize on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. She was rescued and taken to the hospital for possible hypothermia.


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