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Whiplash Weather in Store for the Berkshires

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Mother Nature is making sure there's a snowy background for Friday night's tree lightings in North Adams and Pittsfield. The National Weather Service is predicting a few inches and up to 5 inches in the higher elevations, with steady snowfall until 10 p.m. 
 
Motorists should beware of slippery roads and low visibility, especially Friday night.
 
A number of school districts have canceled after-school programs for Friday: Hoosac Valley Regional; Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter; Mount Greylock Regional School District; Drury High; and Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (early dismissal, too).
 
But wait, this is the Berkshires so you know the weather will change on the dime — and that will happen at the beginning of next week. 
 
Another storm system forming in the Midwest will be pushing warmer air into the Northeast, according to Accuweather, with temperatures jumping back up into the 40s and 50s. The 2 feet of snow we got will start melting and ... yep, a big slushy mess, icy conditions and possible flooding. 
 
"Within the existing snow on the ground, there is between 1 and 5 inches of water as of Thursday, Dec. 5," says Accuweather's  senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
 
Oh, of course, there's rain in the forecast as well. A couple inches of it. And then — wait for it — a frigid blast on Wednesday will make sure all that slushy stuff turns to icy stuff!
 
One thing's for sure, weather is never dull in the Berkshires. 

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Berkshire Food Project Recognizes Hours Put in by Volunteers

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Three generations of volunteers with Linda Palumbo, left, Cindy Bolte, Alicia Rondeau and Cassandra Shoestack.
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On Monday night, the tables were turned. 
 
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