Berkshire County Braces for Another Winter Storm

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Guess what? More snow
The US National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday, Jan. 25, for Berkshire County.
The watch is in effect from 11 am to Thursday, Jan. 26 at 4 pm.
Expect heavy mixed precipitation with total snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches. A light ice accumulation is also possible. 
Snow will develop early Wednesday afternoon, becoming moderate to heavy through the evening with rates of .5 to 1 inch per hour. The snow will become a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain Wednesday night before temperatures rise above freezing and precipitation turns to rain.
Wind gusts could blow as high as 35 mph.

Snow Emergency Declarations

Pittsfield has declared a snow emergency effective 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 through 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27.
Trash and recycling pickup will begin at 6am on Wednesday, January 25, servicing Tuesday's
routes. Pick up for the remainder of the week is still on a scheduled one-day delay.
For the duration of the snow emergency, residents are asked to use off-street parking.
If off-street parking is not available, residents may park on the street observing the following
alternate side parking regulations:
  • Between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday: parking is allowed on the odd side of the street;
  • Between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday: parking is allowed on the even side of the street; and
  • Residents in and around downtown Pittsfield are encouraged to use the McKay Street parking garage for overnight parking which will be open to the public free of charge starting, Wednesday through the duration of the emergency.
All other existing and signed parking regulations remain active. Non-permitted vehicles are prohibited from parking or standing in any open municipal parking lot between the hours of 12 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Vehicles found in violation of the above parking regulations may be towed at the vehicle owner's expense.
City residents are further advised that sidewalks and ramps abutting their property must be cleared of snow within 24-hours of the storm's end.  Residents are also encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their properties.

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MCLA Considering Temporary Homeless Housing on Campus

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is considering turning the vacant Berkshire Towers dorm into a temporary homeless shelter.
President James Birge said on Friday that the college is considering a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development that would supply needed housing for 50 homeless families.
"I look at the mission of the institution, and we talk about educating students to be responsible citizens," Birge said. "I think this models that mission."
Birge said residents would be mostly younger families. He assumed 50 families would generate 25 school-aged children in the Berkshire Towers.
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