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Weather Advisory: Snow, Rain, Wind on the Way

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hope everyone enjoyed Wednesday's blue skies and Thursday's warmer temperatures because a "bomb cyclone" is about to go off. 
Accuweather is reporting that a strengthening storm could bring rain, snow and high winds into the Northeast this weekend. The storm would have to drop in barometric pressure over 24 hours to reach bomb cyclone level. "This storm may reach that criteria as it moves northward and intensifies from Thursday evening near Delmarva to Friday evening in southern Maine," according to Accuweather.
The Berkshires isn't yet listed as being in the snow zone but neighboring counties in New York and Vermont are now under a winter storm watch from Thursday night through Saturday morning. (Southern Berkshire was added to the advisory Thursday afternoon.)
The National Weather Service says heavy, wet snow of up to 7 inches is possible in the higher elevations of Southern Vermont and predicts 2 to 3 inches could fall over the Berkshires. 
And where there's no snow, there could be torrential rains and danger of flooding. 
Wind gusts could reach 40 to 50 mph or more. The last windstorm that roared through the county knocked down numerous trees, ripped off shingles and left hundreds without power, especially in North Berkshire. 
But there's good news ahead: later next week should see temperatures rising into the 50s, a sure sign that spring will finally bloom. Here's hoping March goes out like a lamb.

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By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

BRPC's Tom Matuszko asks advisory board members to raise their hands as FRCOG's Executive Director Linda Dunlavy waits to speak.
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