Locally, snow little trouble
John Hulsey makes his way up Country Club Road toward Bernardston on Sunday. The Greenfield resident takes the vigorous walk daily, even after Saturday's storm dropped roughly 8 inches of snow in the area. Recorder/Trish Crapo
Sidewalks were cleared to varying degrees along Federal Street in Greenfield on Sunday after Saturday's storm dropped roughly 8 inches in the area. Recorder/Trish Crapo
Franklin County residents dug out from what was in many areas 8 to 9 inches of mercifully light snow Sunday morning, snow that brought children out into backyards, blanketed cars and trees and did little apparent damage.
State Police from the Shelburne barracks reported a single spin-out accident, with no injuries, and praised the Department of Transportation for their efforts to clear the state roads.
In Greenfield, the town’s winter parking ban made itself felt as police logged 11 vehicles towed from streets and town parking lots to make way for plows.
Greenfield police also logged a minor accident Saturday evening in which a single vehicle slid off Barton Road by the Bernardston town line. The vehicle struck nothing and no one was hurt. Another vehicle became stuck in snow by the Dunkin’ Donuts on the Mohawk Trail at 4:09 a.m. Sunday and had to be towed free.
In another possible effect of the snowfall, a Pierce Street resident reported his snowblower stolen from an unlocked garage sometime overnight Saturday into Sunday.
Those in the ski business had reason to celebrate.
Lloyd Crawford, proprietor of cross country ski and snowshoeing area Stump Sprouts in Hawley reported almost a foot of good snow, light but not too light to establish a base for the season, and plans to open today.
“We often open around now, but often it’s on thin cover, and this is a good slug of snow,” Crawford said. “It’s been a while since we’ve had good cover like this in mid December.”
The Berkshire East Ski Area website reported a foot of snow in Charlemont and 100 percent of its trails open for the first weekend of the season, with plans to reopen Thursday following trail work.