Author: Jesse Stewart

As we head deeper and deeper into fall, we all know that the evil four-letter word is right around the corner...snow! Yes, like it or not, winter will be here before we know it. Of course, many folks love winter as they can hit the slopes and do some skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing. In addition, children and adults alike can enjoy some outdoor ice skating.

In Berkshire County, you have the local ski resorts gearing up for their busy time of year. I also remember last year, Railroad Street Youth Project in Great Barrington constructed an ice skating rink which was a big hit with the Berkshire community. Hopefully, that will be open again to the community this winter.

As anyone who lives in Massachusetts, specifically Berkshire County knows, winters can be tough but it's in our blood to be able to handle whatever Mother Nature tosses our way. Whether it's 8,9,10 even 25 inches of snow, most of us are prepared and ready to roll out our trusty snowblowers.

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Another form of winter preparation that many Massachusetts and Berkshire County folks take seriously is making sure that snow tires are installed on their vehicles. Whether it's regular snow tires, studded, chains, or all-seasons, many of us have some form of rugged tires that can get us through the long, cold Berkshire winters.

I started wondering if snow tires were required in Massachusetts as I have always naturally just had them on my vehicles throughout the years. The answer is that they are not required. According to multiple sources including Legal Beagle, Massachusetts has no current laws or regulations requiring the use of snow tires or chains for automobiles. However local laws may require the use of either snow tires or chains if conditions warrant. For your protection, you'll probably want to have some form of winter tires on your vehicle for the months ahead. Better to be safe than sorry.

While on the topic of tough winters throughout Massachusetts and Berkshire County, you may want to take a look at these expensive weather disasters.

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

If you live in any of these states, you may be adding years to your life. 

READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

Speaking of living in places, these small towns may be a fit for you. They are for many. 

LOOK: Here are the best small towns to live in across America