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Snow Possible for Berkshires on Friday

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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.
Rain late Thursday is expected to mix with snow as the colder air arrives with accumulations in the higher regions but there's also the possibility the valleys may see a covering of snow.  
The latest forecast from NWS is 1 to 2 inches in the higher elevations but with the 10 percent chance of 5 to 7 inches in North Berkshire and Southern Vermont. 
Greylock Snow Day wakened from its long hibernation on Wednesday to make some predictions — and advocate for snow days in this virtual education world. 
"For an October snow event, this storm has some steam. Early season storms are always hard to predict because there often is no snow pack or base of cold air, which somewhat explains the wide range of predicted snowfall," writes the blog. "It has the feel of the October 29-30 storm of 2011 that dropped over a foot in South County and over 6 inches in North County."
Friday morning commutes from the living room to the kitchen may be treacherous it warns. 
Greylock Snow Day says the "home office" will remain open but implores readers to contact their school officials to "retain the sacred snow day." No Zoom, no remote, just a snow day. 

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Drury Senior Katie Booth Presented with Superintendent's Award

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Principal Timothy Callahan, bottom right, speaks at Tuesday's meeting. To his left are Eric and Laurie Booth; Katie Booth is above at right. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year's presentation of the Superintendent's Award had to be made at a distance but School Committee was still able to applaud over Zoom the academic efforts of senior Katie Booth.
"I think especially in these times to have a student who is still excelling and still meeting responsibilities, even during the pandemic, it really speaks to your work ethic and your commitment to your overall career development so I'm very honored to present you with this award from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents," said Superintendent Barbara Malkas at Tuesday's meeting.
Booth, daughter of Eric and Laurie Booth of Clarksburg, holds the highest grade-point average in her class and has taken 13 Advanced Placement courses, two dual enrollment courses through Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and a course through Berkshire Community College.
Malkas said she has demonstrated her strong academic stance and strong community involvement throughout high school and that she is known by her teachers as not only a student with an incredible work ethic and a desire to achieve, but also someone who genuinely loves learning and puts her all into her academic endeavors.
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