Mother Nature will be giving the Berkshires some warmth this week before sending a chill through the region — and possibly snow.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the low 70s on Thursday for some mild fall weather but that will be followed by heavy rain along the coast and cold front cross the country from the west.
Together, that may bring snowfall for the higher regions, and particularly to North County and Southern Vermont.
"It is not totally out of the question that snowflakes may be seen even at some of the intermediate elevations in the Catskills, Berkshires and Poconos with this event," AccuWeather Senior Storm Warning Meteorologist Brian Wimer said.
This event was classified as a serial derecho based on the 320 mile long damage swath and distribution of significant wind gusts (75 mph and above). The fact that trees across the region were fully leafed exacerbated the resulting wind damage and produced widespread power outages.
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., says Wednesday should be dry and tranquil with "abundant sunshine" and temperatures in the 60s. Showers will begin late Thursday as the storm system moves into the region. Over the weekend, rainfall amounts could be 1 to 2.5 inches with the higher volumes across the Western Mass.
"Saturday night looks like the coldest night of the period with lows around freezing in the high terrain and mid-30s elsewhere," according to the Weather Service.
Accuweather says the storm could "usher in a dramatic temperature swing. In New England, temperatures may be at their highest levels of the entire weekend during Friday night and could surge well into the 50s and 60s F, only to plummet 20 degrees or more from on Saturday."
No major snowstorm is predicted but certainly there could be enough frost or snow to warn that winter isn't far off even as temperatures rise next week.
Big Changes over the next Few Days....
Storm moves off the coast tonight...Wednesday....drier air arrives and fairly mild.
By Thursday-a surge of warmer weather ahead of a strong Cold Front.
This front and wave of Low Pressure move in for Friday for more rainy weather. pic.twitter.com/KaHWynKowq
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