Storm leaves many without power Friday

Recorder Staff
Friday, March 02, 2018

Widespread power outages were felt across the region Friday evening as a winter storm system swept through the Northeast.

Colrain, Leyden, Bernardston, Greenfield, Gill and Montague all reported power outages, with the most outages in Montague and Gill. Just before 5 p.m. 74 percent of customers in Gill were without power, according to an Eversource power outages map.

In the broader western Massachusetts region, 3,298 Eversource customers reported losing power.

As the storm moved through Franklin County many towns saw rain during most of the day, but some received snowfall. The National Weather Service, which issued a winter weather and wind advisory for all of Friday, listed Rowe as receiving the most snowfall at 9 inches. Elsewhere, Heath and Leyden each received about 6.

“Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. Heavy wet snow may result in some downed tree limbs and scattered power outages,” cautioned the advisory, which was put into effect until early Saturday morning.

With steady precipitation throughout the day, peak wind gusts of 38 miles per hour were clocked at Orange Airport around noon. Police and fire departments across the region reported some car accidents but nothing serious.

By Friday night at 8 p.m., the majority of customers were no longer affected. Specifically, Eversource’s website reported less than one percent of western Massachusetts customers were affected.