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Berkshires Set to Dodge Full Impact of Nor'easter

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The Berkshires could see up to a foot of snow this weekend. Or maybe only 3 inches. 
Although the region will largely dodge the incoming Nor'easter, some snow can still be expected. But the forecasters are pretty split on exactly how much that will be.
WTEN Channel 10 meteorologist Steve Caporizzo says the heavier snowfall has shifted east with moderate snowfall now expected in central Massachusetts. The Berkshires have been downgraded to light snowfall and can expect less than 6 inches of snow.
The Weather Channel predicts an accumulation of 3 to 5 inches with snow starting to fall Friday night. The bulk of the snowfall is predicted to fall throughout the day Saturday with flurries continuing through the night.
Weather Underground predicts 1 to 3 inches while Accuweather still predicts 8-12 inches of snow in North Adams. 
And the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is looking at 2 to 5 inches. 
NWS has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Western Mass for coastal storm that "may bring at least a moderate snowfall to part of the region."
"The scope of the western and northern extent of the heavy snow and blizzard conditions is highly dependent on the track and intensity of the storm, which can potentially cause big differences in impacts," AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jon Porter explained. 
But all agree that the east end of the state should be prepared for blizzard conditions. NWS in Boston is predicting 12 to 18 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 55 mph from late Friday through Saturday evening. 
Thursday temperatures will get as high as 25. Friday should be a little warmer in the 30s. Saturday will be cooler with a high of 14, according to the Weather Channel, as another cold front begins pushing through the region. 
Temperatures Sunday will be in the 20s. 

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