NORTH ADAMS -- Northern Berkshire was hounded by snow, sleet and rain on Friday, leading to power outages and the cancellation of after-school activities at the city's public schools.
While local police departments reported no major accidents, roads were covered in slush for much of the day.
"We were out treating the roads, and did some plowing in higher elevations in town," Williamstown Director of Public Works Tim Kaiser said Friday afternoon. "We have it under control. It's just a minor spring-time annoyance."
Kaiser added the department's snow removal expenses were slightly above what was budgeted. Two years ago, the expenses were twice what was budgeted after a harsh winter, he noted.
Hugh Johnson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany, NY, said it was a band of high pressure from Canada that brought sleet and ice to the region.
"If we had a little bit more moisture, we could have had a major ice storm," he said.
Friday's temperatures in the upper 30s, he said, were a far cry from the average temperature of April, usually in the low to mid 50s.
High winds and ice contributed to a power outage that affected 226 city customers, after a fallen tree branch brought down wires on West Shaft Road in North Adams at 11:12 a.m.
Power was restored for 132 customers at 11:47 a.m., said David Graves, a National Grid representative, and for the remainder at 12:25 p.m.
Johnson said the weekend weather should be somewhat of an improvement.
"We're going to see some breaks of sunshine on Saturday, with some showers," he said. "Temperatures should top out in the upper 40s and low 50s."
Sunday could see a high temperature in the upper 40s, he said, and the beginning of the week will bring warmer-than-normal temperatures.
"By Monday, we could be seeing temperatures near 60," he said.
-- Edward Damon