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Winter is in session in Franklin County

  • Poet’€™s Seat Tower as seen from Beacon Field during a snow storm on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • 10-year-olds Miles Chattman, left, and Thomas Tweddell throw snowballs with Braden Chattman (out of frame) during a snow storm on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Janet Mitchell builds a snowman with her son Brandyn Wilson, 9, left, and his friend Xavier Oakley, 10, during a snow storm on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Brandyn Wilson, 9, left, and Xavier Oakley, 10, add stick arms to their snowman creation during a snow storm on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Johnathan Sicard, 5, left, and Arlo Duquette, 6, make the trek back up the hill while sledding during a snow storm on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Casey Hayman stands at the top of a hill waiting to go sledding with his children Josephine Hayman, 5, and Ellison Hayman, 3, during a snow storm on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at Beacon Field in Greenfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

GREENFIELD — With the season’s first snow behind us, the winter season kicked into full gear Tuesday, dumping more snow and closing schools across the county.

The most snow in any town — and across Massachusetts — was in Rowe at 8.5 inches, as of the latest report at 5:20 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

After Rowe, snow totals measured 6.5 inches in Ashfield, 6.2 inches in Heath, 6.1 inches in Shelburne, 5.8 inches in Greenfield, 4.4 inches in Conway, 3.8 inches in Leyden and 3.3 inches in Deerfield. For updated totals, click here.

While most schools closed in Franklin County, many businesses were open in downtown Greenfield.

Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, hundreds of residents in West County were experiencing power loss, according to Eversource. It primarily was in Buckland, where about 300 people had outages.

There were no major accidents and no serious injuries reported around the county.

Massachusetts State Police in Shelburne reported about eight spinouts and four crashes by the late afternoon. Greenfield Police Department reported seven weather-related calls regarding vehicles Tuesday, including five accidents.

Meanwhile, things were relatively quiet in other towns. Montague, Deerfield and Orange police departments each reported one minor accident as a result of the weather, in their respective towns.

“As long as people take their time, this  is New England winter weather and we’re happy to see a change of seasons,” Deerfield Police Department spokesman Adam Sokoloski said. The first snow of the  season was on Saturday.

The most memorable part of this snow storm though might be what’s coming after it.

“As the system departs, for Wednesday and Thursday, we have an arctic air mass that will blow into the region,” said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton. “So, it’ll become very cold and windy.”

In other words, Buttrick said, “it’ll feel like winter.”

This means that on top of chilly conditions, the roads may be iced over. Temperatures overnight into Wednesday morning are expected to dip into the teens. Then Wednesday, as opposed to the expected cold temperatures on Friday, it will likely feel like the coldest day of the week, with the winds.

Buttrick explained that the snow was mostly of the fluffy variety because of the cool temperatures this morning, before the snow, around the upper 20s. Then as the temperatures warmed up throughout the day, the snow became more wet and dense, before it eventually turned into rain.

The storm system came from the west, from the Great Lakes area, and came across, hitting western Massachusetts the hardest — just a few days after the central and eastern parts of the state saw the most from the coastal snow storm.

Working to make sure the Greenfield’s public schools will open Wednesday morning was the job of Alan Schmidt and his maintenance department. While they cleared the sidewalks and prepared the schools, his team planned to be out there as early as 5 a.m., ready to go with their snow plows.

You can reach
Joshua Solomon at:

jsolomon@recorder.com

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