Berkshire county braces for freezing rain

Equipment operator Matt Pevzner by his plow truck at Great Barrington Public Works

Temperatures in south county are forecasting a high of 55 degrees on Friday, quite a difference from the subzero winds and blizzard snow of last week’s bomb cyclone all over the Atlantic Coast. But with rain expected for most of Friday into Saturday morning, officials from the Great Barrington Department of Public Works advise residents to remain ready for difficult weather conditions outside.

“In terms of winter events, freezing rain is the worst,” Great Barrington DPW Superintendent Shawn VanDeusen said. “Last year we had a freezing rain year and no one knew how often we (from DPW) were out because they think our work is all about plowing and big mounds of snow, but for me what keeps me up at night is the chance of freezing rain. You can’t see it and it’s dangerous.”

This weekend’s rain will still freeze even if the air temperature is well above 32 degrees because of snow coverage above ground and frost beneath it, VanDeusen said. “It’s just a big ice cube.”

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