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Winter Weather Advisory for Northern Berkshire; Snow on the Way

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Friday morning's cold and rainy weather is expected to give way to the first significant snow of the season later in the day. 
 
The region could get 2 to 6 inches with up to 10 inches in the higher elevations. Rate of snowfall could reach up to an inch an hour late in the afternoon and this evening. 
 
Or, we could just get slushy rain. 
 
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a winter weather advisory for eastern Rensselaer County in New York, Northern Berkshire until 7 a.m. on Saturday. A winter storm warning has been issued for much of Southern Vermont.
 
Drivers are urged to use caution — it seems takes us at least one snowstorm to remember how to drive in the winter. 
 
Greylock Snow Day notes that temperatures will be dropping throughout the day and that will means "heavy slushy snow" in the valley.
 
The cold front pushing over the region beginning earlier this week is expected to continue through the weekend with temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal. 
 
A second storm system could bring another round of snow overnight Sunday into Monday morning that could yield a slippery morning commute.
 
Accuweather says an Alberta clipper is pushing frigid air our way and bringing snow across much of the country's northern tier. It will reach New England by Sunday but snowfall should be only 1 to 3 inches. 
 
"Disturbances remain active over the northern Pacific, and these will move inland over western Canada. These storms are referred to as Alberta clippers as they sometimes originate from the Canadian province of Alberta and tend to move swiftly along in the southward dip of the jet stream around the Great Lakes and Northeast," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski explained.
 

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