No tows in Easthampton, but plenty of snow

  • David Cantler walks with Sasha Marks, 7, a family friend, on Cottage Street in Easthampton Monday morning, Dec. 2, 2019. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Employees of the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton clear off the steps of the Phillips Stevens Chapel, Monday morning. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • David Cantler walks with Sasha Marks, 7, a family friend, on Cottage Street in Easthampton Monday morning, Dec. 2, 2019.  STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Employees of the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton clear off the steps of the Phillips Stevens Chapel Monday morning, Dec. 2, 2019. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Klark Johnson, a UMass student, works on a snowman at his home in Amherst. “I’m just procrastinating from all my schoolwork,” he said Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Klark Johnson, a UMass student, works on a snowman at his home in Amherst. “I’m just procrastinating from all my schoolwork,” he said Monday, Dec.  2, 2019. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Ryan Bell, top left, Quentin Duee, top right, Lucas Giuliani, bottom row from left, Enzo Strik, Baptiste Loncle and Nathaniel Picard sled on Hospital Hill in Northampton, Monday, Nov. 2, 2019. Duee, Giuliani, Strik and Londe were part of a group of French exchange students who are attending Easthampton High School.

  • Smith College students Erica Overton, left, and Megan McKenzie sled on Hospital Hill in Northampton, Monday. About 8 inches of snow fell on Northampton and surrounding towns, and snow continued to fall Monday evening. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Maeve Bertrand, 9, and Jake Sasser, 7, both of Florence, sled on Hospital Hill in Northampton, Monday, Nov. 2, 2019.

  • Smith College students from left, Nina Tafapolsky, Carrie Weil, Sasha Zeidenberg and Katie Ciurleo make a snowman outside their dorm, Monday. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 12/2/2019 3:11:05 PM

EASTHAMPTON — The first winter storm of the year may have brought enough snow to build an army of snowmen, but on Sunday night and Monday morning, not a single vehicle in the city was towed.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” said Easthampton Police Department Sgt. Dennis Scribner.

Workers at the Williston Northampton School were busy cleaning up the campus on Monday, and even though it was a snow day for Easthampton schools, the city was far from shut down.

Easthampton Diner Restaurant owner Ahmet Ibic described business as “not too bad” on Monday. However, he said he closed the Union Street diner early Sunday night and would close early on Monday as well. He also said that business is not very good this time of year, regardless of a snowstorm.

Scribner said Mountain Road, or Route 141, connecting Easthampton to Holyoke, remains closed. It was shut down Sunday at 6 p.m. A parking ban in Easthampton remains in effect until 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

There were numerous accidents on I-91 Monday evening, according to state police. At 7:30 p.m., there was a four-car accident on the northbound highway near Exit 15 in Holyoke. It was caused by the weather, and there were no injuries, according to Trooper Keith Barnes. In all, there were 10 to 15 accidents on I-91 between Exits 15 and 24, Barnes said.

According to Northampton Police, 30 vehicles were reported towed as a result of the city’s parking ban, which lasted from midnight to 6 a.m. Monday on all streets except Main Street, where it extended from 2 to 7 a.m. The parking ban remains in effect for the same time periods Tuesday.

The ban also applies to city parking lots, except one. Parking is available to the public in the Armory Street lot during snow emergencies, save for a couple of hours in the morning and evening because of plowing.

Northampton Police Capt. Robert Powers said the number of tows was low for the first storm of the year.

“It’s really good that they were able to move their cars,” he said of residents.

He also reminded people to clear off their cars before driving, noting that piled up snow and ice present a safety issue.

Amherst Police reported 29 vehicles ticketed in the storm, though they may not all have been towed. Amherst’s parking ban will be in effect until Tuesday at 7 a.m. Parking is prohibited from midnight to 7 a.m. on all town streets and parking lots with the exceptions of the lower level of the parking garage, the town portion of the Pray Street Lot, and the northern row of the North Pleasant Street Lot.

No Monday snowfall numbers were available for Easthampton or Northampton, with Sunday night snowfall numbers coming in at 8.8 inches for Easthampton and 8.3 inches in Northampton, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service reported 10 inches of snow in Holyoke at 10:03 a.m.; 8.8 inches of snow in South Hadley at 9:45 a.m.; 7.8 inches of snow in North Amherst at 12:02 a.m.; and a whopping 16 inches of snow in Goshen at 9:39 a.m.

The weather service predicted several inches of snow accumulation from Monday night into Tuesday morning, with a winter weather advisory in effect until 7 a.m Tuesday. As of Monday evening, Frontier, Hatfield and Hadley public schools announced a two-hour delay to the start of school on Tuesday.

With reporting from Greta Jochem.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.



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