Wintry Mix Bids 2018 Farewell; Wind Welcomes 2019
It looks like 2019 is coming in like a lion.
OK, not a huge, roaring lion. More like a baby lion, only not as cute. Unless you think ringing in the new year with a wintry mix of snow, sleet and ice is cute. To each their own.
The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the region from 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1. Mixed precipitation is expected, with a total snow and sleet accumulation of up to 2 inches and ice accumulation of up to one-tenth of an inch expected, particularly in North Berkshire and higher elevations.
Roads could be slippery as New Year's parties wind down tonight, so use caution when driving - and as always, make sure said driver is sober. By early Tuesday morning, it should just be plain rain.
Tuesday, though, will see another issue: wind. The NWS has issued a High Wind Watch from Tuesday morning to Tuesday afternoon here in the Berkshires, predicting the possibility of wind of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Strong winds may knock down some trees and large tree limbs, and scattered power outages are possible.
So all in all, we're not looking to see a nice end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 here in the Berkshires. But what about New York City, the place to be on a New Year's Eve? Rain. Yuck. Consider yourself lucky to be watching from afar this year.
Stay warm and safe, and have a happy New Year!