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Snow, Sleet Incoming for Berkshire Region; Prepare for Messy Commute

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More snow and sleet is on the way for the Berkshires and it could cause morning delays. 
 
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has posted a winter weather advisory beginning at 10 p.m. on Wednesday through 1 p.m. Thursday with a forecast of 2 to 5 inches of snow and ice accumulations of a 10th of an inch. Plan on slippery and possibly hazardous road conditions Thursday morning. Snowfall rates could reach half an inch to an inch per hour are between 3 and 8 a.m. Some sleet may mix in.
 
Accuweather is predicting harsher weather with up to 6 inches or more across the region, especially in North County and Vermont. 
 
The snowfall is part of a major storm system currently wreaking havoc across the plains states and parts of the Midwest. Blizzard conditions in the eastern Dakotas have lead to "do not travel advisories."
 
Snow should start falling by midnight but warmer air to the south may mean a mix of rain and snow through the morning. 
 
"The timing of the snow could cause difficult conditions during commutes in portions of the Midwest and Northeast, both Wednesday evening and again on Thursday morning. The heaviest snow could force decision-makers to close schools or call early dismissals and delays," according to Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist. 
 
Greylock Snow Day thinks a two-hour delay for schools is a "safe bet" for Thursday morning with Vermont schools having a better chance for a snow day.
 
The storm will, again, be followed by a blast of cold air with temperatures dipping into the single digits by Friday. Hopefully, it won't be too cold to enjoy the annual Winterfest in North Adams -- but if so, there'll be plenty of hot chowder to warm everyone one up. 

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Snow Possible for Berkshires on Friday

The forecast for this week is "soggy and dreary," according to Accuweather, but don't worry, there's a snowstorm on the way as well.

A combination of a winter storm heading eastward and Tropical Storm Zeta moving up the coast will bring drenching rain and potential snow for the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.
 
"With a full changeover to snow now anticipated over the mountains, a moderate to heavy accumulation is appearing more likely over the higher terrain into Friday. Such a scenario could weigh down trees that still have a canopy of leaves and lead to power outages," according to Accuweather.
 
However, a high pressure system could push the wet weather farther east and out to sea by Saturday night, just in time for trick or treating. The rain may leave but the temperatures will still be chilly — 5 to 10 degrees below normal for the end of October.
 
The National Weather Service is predicting a 50 percent chance that more than 2 inches of snowfall will cover the Berkshires and Southern Vermont between Wednesday and Saturday, although most weather predictions are that the storm system will move out by Friday afternoon.
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