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The wind was blowing what was left of the leaves of the trees, the sky was blue while flurries were falling, temperatures were only in the 20s - feels like winter!

Winter Makes A (Relatively Timid) Debut in the Berkshires

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In case you've forgotten what winter feels like, step outside today.

The highs for Friday in the Berkshires will barely reach 30 degrees, with snow flurries possibly filling the air, too. Many of us woke up this morning to snow on the ground, too: The National Weather Service out of Albany, N.Y., reported .2 inches in Great Barrington.

This weekend will be chilly but slightly warmer than Friday, with Saturday's highs in the upper 30s and Sunday reaching into the 40s.

But everyone is looking at a potential snow event next Tuesday (see the AccuWeather map below), so we here at iBerkshires.com will keep our eyes on that.

Just to jog your memory, last week saw the first National Weather Service Winter Storm Watch of the season the week before Thanksgiving, with another a few days later. And check out the graphic below for the top 10 snowiest Novembers on record with the Albany NWS.

In the meantime, remember how to bundle up: Layers are always a good idea, as is keeping your head and feet snug and cozy in hats and warm shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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North Adams Sets Trick Or Treat Guidelines

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Trick or Treat is a go, and the city has set guidelines for Halloween this year.

Thursday morning the city announced that Halloween Trick or Treat City hours for the City of North Adams will be held Saturday, Oct 31 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

"Over the past six months, we have canceled, postponed, scaled back, or reimagined the majority of community events in North Adams in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these decisions made in the interest of public health and safety has been necessary, and I know that many of these changes also been disappointing and difficult for our residents and visitors." Mayor Tom Bernard said in a press release. "I didn't want to add Halloween to the list of cancellations, especially since our case counts right now show that North Adams residents have done such an amazing job of slowing the spread of COVID-19. So, my team and I thought long and hard about how we could provide a framework to help make Trick or Treat as safe as possible."
 
Bernard said the city has reviewed guidance from Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and has come up with a list of recommendations dubbed "GHOST Protocol – recommendations for a fun and safe Halloween."
 

G: Grab  and Go Only

Participating residents should hand out treats in goodie bags or other contactless ways.

 

H: Have Fun

This should need no explanation!

 

O: Only Visit Participating Houses

Traditionally people leave on a light or decorate to signal they are participating; trick or treaters should respect those who choose not to participate.

 

S: Stay Close to Home

Participants should remain in a compact, walkable neighborhood as much as possible.

 

T: Take Your Mask

As with any public activity, trick or treaters should wear a cloth face covering to protect themselves and those with whom they come in contact; following CDC guidance trick or treaters should not wear a costume mask over their cloth face covering.

 

While the city supports Trick or Treat activities during the announced hours, the following activities are not recommended during the Halloween season:

  • "Trunk or Treat" events where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats are not recommended.
  • Gatherings or parties with non-household members are not recommended even if they are conducted outdoors.
  • Carnivals, festivals, live entertainments, and haunted house attractions are not recommended.
In accordance with CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines the city also asks those participating in Trick or Treat activities to:
  • Observe good hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol. Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy;
  • Stay home and refrain from Halloween activities, including handing out Halloween treats, if they feel unwell, have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have traveled to or from a higher risk state in the two weeks prior to Halloween; and
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet of physical distance from all other participants who are not members of the same household.

The CDC website also offers suggestions for other lower-risk alternatives to participate in Halloween.

"I know nothing says 'fun' like added rules and regulations," Bernard said. "And I want to be clear that if we experience a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases we might need to cancel Trick or Treat. For now, though, I hope our young people are looking forward to dressing up for Halloween, and I know I can't wait to see all the great costumes in my neighborhood, in a safe and socially distanced way of course."

 

 

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