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Spring Snowstorm Could Drop 1-3 Inches on North County

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Northern Berkshire may be in for an April snowstorm as an Alberta Clipper moves across the Midwest and into northern New England.
The tip of the storm reaching into North County and Southern Vermont could mean 3 inches or more in the higher elevations and sudden drop in temperatures within 24 hours. 
According to Accuweather, the storm could turn into a "bomb cyclone" from Thursday to Friday. 
"A bomb cyclone is a storm that strengthens so rapidly that the central barometric pressure plummets to 0.71 of an inch of mercury or more in 24 hours," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
Even if the storm doesn't manifest, at minimum, it will mean cold temperatures, gusty winds and precipitation throughout Berkshire County.
As the storm enters northern New England on Thursday, precipitation will initially begin as plain rain or a mix of rain and snow in many locations. A push of colder air and a surge of deeper moisture will be the impetus for snow to begin in earnest across the region.
Snow will rapidly become heavy in nature over much of the area late Thursday into early Friday morning.

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Trail Conservancy Cautions Pandemic Care When Hiking

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although most of the Appalachian Trail is still open, hikers are asked to practice common sense during the pandemic while on the trail or to just stay home.
COVID-19 has challenged people to find new ways to stay active while practicing social distancing and local trail volunteer Cosmo Catalano, Jr said although folks are encouraged to stay home, common sense needs to be used to maintain social distancing. 
"The AT, along with other trails on public lands provides an important resource for people to get outdoors in a healthy way," he said. "With care and common sense, it's relatively easy for people to maintain appropriate social distance and enjoy the outdoors."
Catalano said the trail organization structure is complicated and is organized by a number of entities. In Massachusetts about half the trail is on state forest lands managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The other half is on lands managed by the National Park Service.
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