Say it ain't snow: Some saw a bit of the white stuff on Mother's Day

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Mother Nature showed no mercy to moms and motorists Sunday with raw, wet and white weather in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.

Peru, Becket, Sandisfield, Otis, Washington and Monterey were among the towns along the eastern slopes of the county reporting a coating to a half-inch of snow from a massive storm system that brought mostly rain and chilly temperatures to the region. Readsboro and Woodford, Vt., in Bennington County also repored less than an inch of measurable snow.

And the threat of rain and/or snow isn't over, according to the National Weather Service office in Albany, N.Y.

NWS meteorologist Christina Speciale says the inclement, unseasonably cool, occasionally snowy weather will last through Tuesday.

"We're seeing multiple low-pressure systems on a conveyor belt for our area," she said.

A wintry mix of snow and ice forced state transportation officials to reduce the speed limit to 30 mph on the Massachusetts Turnpike from Springfield to the New York border for most of Sunday afternoon. The worst conditions, reportedly, were between Otis and Exit 3 in Westfield, as State Police responded to several motor-vehicle crashes along that stretch of Interstate 90. State highway crews spent much of the day salting the iciest parts of the turnpike.

Sunshine and more May-like temperatures return on Wednesday, according to Speciale, before the threat of more rain, but milder temperatures should finish out the work week.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233

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