Snowy day in the Berkshires: County digs out from under February’s first storm

A two-hour time lapse of heavy snow on Park Square in Pittsfield.
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The powdery snow that fell throughout Berkshire County on Wednesday changed over to freezing rain in the afternoon, creating slick and hazardous driving conditions for commuters, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.

The county saw between 3 to 5 inches of snow by 8 p.m., with five reported in Becket and 3.5 in New Marlborough, according to meteorologist Brian Montgomery.

"There is quite a bit of a mix," Montgomery said of the melange of snow, ice, and freezing rain.

Despite slippery roads, police responded to few weather-related issues.

Adams Police Sgt. Scott McWhirt said the town had no calls for issues related to the storm on Wednesday.

"Apparently it's not too bad out there," he said. "I drove in all the way from Dalton."

Pittsfield police also had a relatively calm snow day, according to Sgt. Nicholas DeSantis, who said that the department responded to  three minor accidents with no injuries that required a trip to the hospital.

The city had declared a "snow emergency," putting an on-street parking ban into effect until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Drivers were ordered to move their cars from city streets to allow for plowing. The McKay Street Garage and Columbus Avenue Garage were available to the public.

Meteorologist Michael Evans said that by 5 p.m. the storm was moving off the coast and bringing cold air with it, which would lead to the freezing rain to turn back into snow before it concluded around midnight.

There likely wouldn't be much more accumulation after the change over from freezing rain, but it would make it more challenging on the roads.

"There's going to be pretty hazardous travel across Western Massachusetts," he said.

The sun is expected to be out Thursday, with temperatures in the mid-20s, Evans said.

A National Weather Service winter storm warning for Northern Berkshire County will remain in effect until 4 a.m.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.


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