At the request of Mayor Thomas Bernard, the City Council voted Tuesday to amend the city's parking ordinance to shorten the winter ban by two weeks. It also voted on the mayor's recommendation to end this year's parking ban on Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued to advisories for the Berkshires: a wind advisory from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday and a winter storm watch from Tuesday moring through Wednesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service on Monday morning issued a winter storm watch from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday for the greater region. Snow should start Tuesday afternoon, become steady by Tuesday evening, get heavier overnight and end by daybreak Wednesday.
Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement that non-emergency, executive branch state employees should not report to work shortly after a briefing on the storm and is urging everyone to stay off roadways if possible, allowing crews to clear snow that will accumulate across the state throughout the day.
The Berkshires will once again see subzero temperatures this weekend.
The National Weather Service says temperatures will continue to be bitter cold and another three to five inches of snow is expected to fall this week. A coastal storm is expected to coat the entire state with snow and the wind chill will as cold as -35 degrees in the Berkshires.
The weekend began mild and sunny, so typical of early fall weather in New England. But Sunday was expected to dawn cooler and wetter for the annual parade.
A rainy Nor'easter that was moving into the region was about to put a damper on the Fall Foliage Parade on that Sunday 20 years ago today. Disappointing but hardly catastrophic — the parade had marched in rain and cold before.