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Snowstorm Headed for Berkshires Downgraded

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Update Feb. 18: the forecast is now for 3 to 6 inches across the Berkshires with slightly higher amounts in the higher elevations. Snow will start falling in the Southern Berkshires between 2 and 4 p.m. and is expected to reach North Berkshire this evening. Light snow will continue through Friday and may cause icy and slippery conditions. A winter weather advisory is in effect for all of the Berkshires. 
 
  • Pittsfield has declared a snow emergency beginning Thursday at 7 p.m.  with cars parked on the even side until Friday 7 p.m., when they should switch to the odd side. 
  • Adams is warning motorists not to park on streets or in municipal lots beginning noon on Thursday through noon on Saturday.

MassDOT is urging caution if travelling, as inclement weather may impact the morning and evening commutes and may change in intensity depending on time and region. 

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The wintry weather that's smashed the power grid in Texas leaving millions in the cold and dark is moving into the Northeast, but hopefully not causing as much damage. 
 
Depending on the forecaster, the Berkshires are in line for anywhere from 4 to 12 inches of snow. A winter storm watch is in effect for the Berkshires, Southern Vermont, New York and Connecticut from Thursday morning through Friday evening. Total accumulations of heavy snow may be 4 to 8 inches, according to the National Weather Service bureau in Albany, N.Y., with the heaviest snowfall southward. 
 
Schools are out this week but snow emergencies are expected to be called, with Adams posting the first notice warning motorists not to park on streets or in municipal lots beginning noon on Thursday through noon on Saturday. 
 
"This storm and its predecessor a couple of days earlier, accompanied by once-in-a-generation outbreak of frigid air, has left behind an absolute mess in the South Central states and is on the move," AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said on Wednesday, adding that 73.2 percent of the lower 48 U.S. is covered in snow, and we will build on the existing amount of snow on the ground with this storm." 
 
The storm is expected to move into our region sometime after noon. Accuweather says the heaviest snow is forecast to slide south of northern and western New York state and northern New England and that Boston may end up on the northern edge of the heavy snow with 4-8 inches.

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