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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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