First snow in Berkshires makes roads slick; drivers need reminder


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The season's first snowfall Thursday had some motorists — especially given the virtually snowless winter of 2016 — forgetting how to drive in wintery precipitation.

Local and state police report numerous cars sliding off the road along with a few fender benders as the snow began to stick to the pavement by early afternoon. Only one report of a minor injury due to the traffic mishaps.

The accumulations were in the 1 to 2-inch range, with higher amounts in the higher elevations to the north and east. Savoy picked up 3 inches and Florida 4, according to several weather sources.

State police from the Westfield barracks report that a tractor-trailer jackknifed on the Mass Pike around 5 p.m. near the 16 mile marker in Becket. There were no injuries,

The Pittsfield Municipal Airport recorded two inches of the white stuff by 4 p.m., according to meteorologist Neil Stuart from the National Weather Service office in Albany, N.Y.

Stuart expected the frozen precipitation to continue before changing to a cold rain before tapering off late Thursday night.

Despite the change over, icy road conditions were a possibility overnight and toward daybreak on Friday.

"The temperature may over around freezing (32 degrees,)" he said.

Stuart predicted warmer air moving in by Saturday, with more seasonable temperatures for late October.

"We are expecting temperatures to get into the 50s for the weekend, with a better chance of rain into Sunday," he noted.


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