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Berkshires Heading Into a Deep Freeze

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Enjoy the "warmer" weather while it lasts because towards the end of the week temperatures will be in the single digits in the Berkshires.
Thursday will be the nicest day of the week with partly sunny skies and a high of 36.
Overnight into Friday, there is a chance of some snow flurries. Accuweather predicts little to no accumulation. The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is predicting snow squalls, gusty winds, and plummeting temperatures expected late Thursday night into the wee hours for Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont. 
The NWS has set a wind chill warning from Friday, Feb. 3, starting at 1 a.m. through Saturday at 1 p.m.
Expect dangerously cold wind chills as low as 25 to 40 degrees below 0. 
The National Weather Service warns the dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. NWS is recommending you avoid outside activities if possible and if you have to go outside, make sure you wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.
Bring pets inside. 
The coldest wind chills will be from Friday night into Saturday morning
Accuweather predicts a high of 14 Friday with a low of minus-12 and a high of 4 degrees Saturday.
But on Sunday, Feb. 5, temperatures will rise to 40. Extended forecasts show similar temperatures throughout the week allowing the Berkshires to thaw. 
Pittsfield has announced the opening of warming centers on Feb. 3 and 4. Locations are:
  • Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, 330 North St., open from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Coffee, hot chocolate, and snacks will be available. 413-499-9346.
  • Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Call 413-499-9480 for more information.
  • First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Lunch will be served on Saturday. Call 413-499-0866 for more information.
  • Additionally, the shelter housed in the former St. Joseph's High School at 22 Maplewood Ave. will be open 24 hours each day for those seeking relief.

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