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Berkshires Headed Into the Deep Freeze

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The U.S. National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has released a wind chill advisory for Berkshire County and surrounding regions from midnight tonight until 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Mount Greylock Regional Schools will be closed Tuesday.

A missive from Superintendent Jason McCandless said the reasoning for the closure is that a two-hour delay is not expected to result in improved temperatures and that classrooms and buses have had to keep windows open for airflow. "We are especially concerned about bus stop waits and students who walk to school," he wrote. 
 
All afternoon activities at the elementary schools are canceled and a decision will be made later Monday on whether to cancel athletics on Monday. 
 
Mount Greylock's announcement was followed later in the afternoon by Berkshire Hills, Lee, McCann, North Adams, and Pittsfield schools. 
 
Wind chills as low as 15 below to 25 below zero are expected. The coldest wind chills will occur late Monday night into Tuesday morning.
 
The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. Use caution while traveling outside and wear appropriate clothing.
 
During the day Monday, temperatures will stay in the low-20s. Temperatures will continue to drop throughout the late afternoon and evening. More snow flurries are expected, according to Accuweather.
 
Temperatures will be in the single digits Tuesday but will feel much cooler because of the wind chill.  
 
Pittsfield will open three warming centers Tuesday:  the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North St.; Christian Center adjacent warming shelter, 193 Robbins Ave.; and the Salvation Army, 298 West St. At each location, visitors will be able to have a warm beverage and charge devices, if necessary.
 
These will be open normal hours of operations: 8:30 to 4 at the Senior Center; 8:30 to 3:30, Christian Center; 8 to 4, Salvation Army.
 
St. Joseph High School at 2 Maplewood Ave. continues to be available for overnight shelter services. Call 413-320-6550 for more information.
 
Pittsfield residents dealing with weather-related emergencies after-hours can call the Pittsfield Police Department.
 
As city officials continue to monitor the weather, any significant updates will be provided as necessary through the city's CodeRED notification system and/or through the Pittsfield City Hall Facebook page.
 
Midweek temperatures will start to creep up into the high 20s Wednesday and the mid-30s Friday. Expect lows in the single digits Friday.
 
Saturday also looks cold with temperatures below 15 throughout the county.
 

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