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North Adams Postpones Tree Lighting as Wind, Rain Forecast

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In the Berkshires, a snowstorm is sure to be followed by -- rain. 
There's a forecast of rain and wind for Wednesday that's forced the cancellation of the tree-lighting in North Adams that has been held on Thanksgiving eve for a number of years. 
Instead, the ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. at Monument Square (yes, the same time as the Pittsfield tree lighting, so both cities will be lit at once. How will Santa know which one to go to?). 
The National Weather Service is predicting rain beginning after 3 p.m. on Wednesday and the possibility of strong winds blowing across the region overnight Wednesday and into Thanksgiving Day. At least it will stay mild, with highs near 50 degrees. It was 59 degrees on Main Street at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. 
But the blustery weather entering the region may be enough to ground the balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The large balloons are inflated on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the parade through Manhattan the next morning. Macy's says it takes nearly seven hours to blow up the enormous inflatables. 
Officials are saying they may not decide until Thursday morning whether the Snoopy and his friends will fly. The limit is 23 mph winds; the NWS is predicting winds between 21 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.
Thanksgiving Day in the Berkshires will turn cooler, with some rain in the morning and a chance of rain and snow mix in the afternoon and into the evening and light gusts wind. Then it turns colder over the weekend as temperatures go back into the 30s during the day and teens at night and a chance of light snow. 
Greylock Snow Day thinks there could be "plowable" snow over the weekend but that's not likely to translate into a snow day for Monday. Most schools will be closed or closing at noon on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving weekend, so the kids will get a four- or five-day break. 
At least our weather looks to be better than the upper Midwest and western portions of the country that are being hit by major storms that have cancelled hundreds of flights during the most traveled holiday of the year. A "bomb cyclone" is expected to slam into northern California and Oregon on Tuesday bringing 4 feet of snow and 100 mph winds! 

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Hunter College Snaps MCLA Men's Basketball's Winning Streak

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Noah Yearsley scored 26 points, but it wasn't enough as the men's basketball team saw their nine game winning streak snapped by Hunter College 84-79 Friday afternoon in non league action.
In the opening half, neither team led by more than six points as the Hawks (5-13) took a slim 41-39 lead into halftime. The same held true in the closing half, but with six minutes remaining, Hunter led 67-62. MCLA (12-5) responded with a 7-0 spurt to grab a 69-67 lead as Yearsley scored five points in the run, but still with five minutes left to play.
After trading leads over the next several minutes, Hunter took the lead for good on Melvin Collins' three point play with under two minutes remaining making it 77-74. MCLA's Ki-Shawn Monroe converted for two on the other end to get within a point, but George Keener's bucket and FT extended back to a four point edge with under a minute remaining.
Monroe cut it in half with 25 seconds left, but MCLA was forced to foul. Keener made three FT's down the stretch to preserve the win and end the Trailblazers winning streak.
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