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1st big snowstorm keeps crews busy

  • <br/> Antonio Ramivez, an employee of the Monkey Bar in Amherst, shovels off the side walk Thursday afternoon.


    Antonio Ramivez, an employee of the Monkey Bar in Amherst, shovels off the side walk Thursday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • <br/>Parker Durrant-West, 4 of Leeds, helps her mom Dale west, with snow removal at their home off Florence Street Thursday morning. <br/>


    Parker Durrant-West, 4 of Leeds, helps her mom Dale west, with snow removal at their home off Florence Street Thursday morning.
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  • <br/>Devin Koller, of Northampton, shakes snow off his bushes at his home off Harrison Ave in Northampton Thursday morning.


    Devin Koller, of Northampton, shakes snow off his bushes at his home off Harrison Ave in Northampton Thursday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • <br/> A DPW employee uses the new snow removal machine to clean of Main Street Northampton Thursday morning.


    A DPW employee uses the new snow removal machine to clean of Main Street Northampton Thursday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • <br/> A DPW employee uses the new snow removal machine to clean off a side walk  on  Main Street Northampton Thursday morning.


    A DPW employee uses the new snow removal machine to clean off a side walk on Main Street Northampton Thursday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Jacob Moore,11, makes a snow fort at his home off Harrison Ave. in Northampton Thursday morning.<br/><br/>

    Jacob Moore,11, makes a snow fort at his home off Harrison Ave. in Northampton Thursday morning.

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  • Lydia Moore,8, of Northampton, plays in the snow at her home on Harrison Ave. in Northampton  Thursday morning.<br/><br/>

    Lydia Moore,8, of Northampton, plays in the snow at her home on Harrison Ave. in Northampton Thursday morning.

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  • <br/> Antonio Ramivez, an employee of the Monkey Bar in Amherst, shovels off the side walk Thursday afternoon.
  • <br/>Parker Durrant-West, 4 of Leeds, helps her mom Dale west, with snow removal at their home off Florence Street Thursday morning. <br/>
  • <br/>Devin Koller, of Northampton, shakes snow off his bushes at his home off Harrison Ave in Northampton Thursday morning.
  • <br/> A DPW employee uses the new snow removal machine to clean of Main Street Northampton Thursday morning.
  • <br/> A DPW employee uses the new snow removal machine to clean off a side walk  on  Main Street Northampton Thursday morning.
  • Jacob Moore,11, makes a snow fort at his home off Harrison Ave. in Northampton Thursday morning.<br/><br/>
  • Lydia Moore,8, of Northampton, plays in the snow at her home on Harrison Ave. in Northampton  Thursday morning.<br/><br/>

According to the National Weather Service, the overnight storm Wednesday into Thursday brought about what forecasters predicted: 6 to 10 inches of snow in the lower Valley, with as much as 15 inches in West Cummington and more than a foot in parts of Ashfield, Worthington and Plainfield, among other towns in western Hampshire County.

Light snow continued until late Thursday. Today will be mostly sunny with a high only around 15 degrees. More snow is possible Saturday, the service says.

In Northampton, 48 Department of Public Works vehicles and 56 workers kept roads clear and traffic moving during the first significant storm of the season.

Highway Superintendent Richard Parasiliti Jr. said the clean-up effort was aided by the storm’s pattern and timing. He said the storm dropped the bulk of its payload before the morning commute, and local schools and Smith College are on break, making the traffic flow in the area that much lighter.

The storm lasted longer than expected, but delivered about the predicted amount of snow, Parasiliti said.

He said Northampton proper got about 4 inches of snow while Leeds was coated with about 7½ inches, and most meteorologists had predicted between 6 to 10 inches.

The area also received drier precipitation than other areas of the state, which saw more rain or almost all rain, said Parasiliti.

Parasiliti said that in Northampton the storm delivered snow, then sleet, then switched back to snow, keeping crews on their toes for the duration of the storm, which appeared to taper off about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Parasiliti cautioned drivers that frigid temperatures are expected over the next few days and more snow may be coming over the weekend, which may make for black ice and other driving hazards.

Drivers seemed to handle the bad weather of this first major storm, with no major accidents reported throughout Wednesday night and into Thursday afternoon, according to Northampton police.

Northampton Police Lt. Jody Kasper said the only accident of note reported was a minor collision between a plow truck and parked vehicles on Bridge Road about 5:49 a.m. Thursday.

While drivers may have gotten the message about poor driving conditions, people who parked their cars may have missed information about the city’s parking ban.

Seventy-two vehicles were towed off the streets during the declared snow emergency, Kasper said.

She said that number is typical for the first significant storm of the year and drops once people realize the ban is in effect.

The Northampton ban, in effect until further notice, prohibits parking on all city streets and municipal parking lots from midnight to 6 a.m., except for Main Street, where parking is prohibited from 2 to 7 a.m. Violators are ticketed and towed.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com

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