Snowfall “Slightly” Underestimated


If you live in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts you know that the weather forecasts are notoriously inaccurate.  Today’s was not exception.

The forecast was for rain changing to snow.  So far so good.  Unfortunately, the forecast snow accumulation was only 2-4 inches.  As of 3:00 PM local time, more than 5-6 inches of the white stuff had already fallen, and with nightfall approaching and the winds picking up, the snow was still falling.

The not-so-smart locals skidded on the ice that formed when the snow met the wet pavement and turned to ice.  These were the souls that figured they could make it through the winter without snow tires.  The smarter locals had snow tires, and the smarter-smarter locals had studded snow tires and / or 4 wheel drive.

Today in the Berkshires was a day when a roadside emergency kit belonged in every car on the road.  We blogged about this on November 15, 2011 and referred to it as an auto emergency kit.

Same thing, and a must-have in bad weather and a should-have all year round.

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