Berkshires coated with a thick layer of snow

The speed limit on the Mass Pike has been returned to normal

BLANDFORD, Mass. (WWLP) – We stayed snow free in the Pioneer Valley for most of the day, but the Berkshires was coated in a thick layer of winter white.

What started out as rain turned to snow by the time 22News got to Russell, and it started to coat the ground in Blandford. In Becket, where the MassPike reaches its highest elevation, visibility was poor.

Meghann Crandall of Otis told 22News, “I love the snow. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I like skiing, so that helps.”

Off the highway, small town life in Lee was normal, and the pristine snow added some visual appeal to the downtown.

Arianna Hyland of Otis told 22News, “I hate cold winter. I am not a fan, but it looks pretty, so there is that.”

What a difference just a few dozen miles can make. In Chicopee, there’s not even a coating of snow of the ground. In the Berkshires, however, it’s a much different picture. Brushing off the car became a priority as the plow trucks kept the traffic moving.

Additionally, the speed limit on the MassPike was lowered to 40MPH. Aside from a few minor accidents, no significant problems were reported.

The speed limit on the Mass Pike was returned to normal Monday morning.