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Wintry Mix Into Monday, Then Warmer Temps on Tap

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Mother Nature couldn't quite decide what to gift us with this weekend, so she decided to give us a little bit of everything: freezing rain, sleet, snow. 
The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for Sunday and into Monday morning. 
This mixed precipitation will be coming down over the Berkshires on Sunday afternoon and then switching over to snow, mainly in the upper regions. Total snow and sleet accumulations of one to two inches are expected, except 2 to 4 inches are possible over the Berkshires, Northern Taconics, and eastern Catskills. Ice accumulations of a coating to around one-10th of an inch. Some slightly higher ice accumulations are possible at elevations greater than 1,500 feet such as the eastern Catskills.
When will it end? Right now, it's looking to finish up by 4 a.m. on Monday but that could still mean a slippery drive in the morning. Roads may be hazardous, especially early in the morning. 
Accuweather is predicting temperatures will remain in the 30s, though they may hover around freezing, into Monday. We could see a few snow showers on Monday and then a dip into the 20s on Tuesday. 

Then it looks like we're on track for another week of relative quiet weather. We had a white Thanksgiving, but as Christmas approaches, it doesn't look good for a white one of those. defines a "white Christmas" as "1 inch of snow on the ground on the morning of Dec. 25" and they think our chances are in the "possible" range. 

The long-range forecast? Snow showers from Dec. 23-27. We shall see!

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During this time in which many of our day to day activities have been affected by Covid-19, one thing has not changed: the value of our public higher education institutions. Here in Berkshire County, MCLA and Berkshire Community College continue to serve our students, many of them local residents and the majority residents of this Commonwealth. While the modalities we are using to teach, counsel, advise, and provide all types services have widened to include more online and hybrid as well as in person delivery when it can be safely done, BCC and MCLA are open to our students. We remain the most affordable and accessible institutions in the county. Together with our colleagues at the University of Massachusetts campuses, we continue to educate our citizens.

It is for these reasons that we wish to express our opinion that public higher education campuses deserve level funding at the very least. Our students deserve and should have access to the range of programs, courses, and support services of all kinds; during this pandemic, students have more needs to be met, not fewer. Public higher education has suffered through many years of underfunding. Although the work done at public institutions of higher education is often praised, such lip service doesn’t pay the salaries and other fixed costs on our campuses. Praise has never funded a scholarship or kept tuition and fees from the increases necessary when state aid is insufficient. If ever there was a time to turn praise into line items of the budget, this is that time.

Our public colleges and universities provide the workers that are needed in our communities. From nurses to teachers, from scientists to computer specialists, from professors to hospitality workers, from writers to public servants of all kinds, how many of us were educated at least in part at our public colleges? Workforce development and adult basic education also takes place on our campuses. We provide those who cannot or choose not to leave the area with quality education that is relatively affordable. Those employed by the colleges are able to invest in the community as well, buying homes, raising families, and supporting local businesses.

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