Friday, March 22, 2019

Rain to Snow Today; Winter Storm Warning for Northern Berkshire

Temps have stayed well above freezing at the GSD Home Office (elevation 900'), so the rain continues here. Snow is falling to our north and west. Expect the shift from rain to snow to occur later today and into this evening. Here's what we have for shortened days:


Hoosick Falls (NY)
Southwest Vermont SU


Emma Miller
Mohawk Trail

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Winter Storm Warning for No. Berkshire County

[6 PM Update: Southwest Vermont Supervisory SU will be releasing students early tomorrow due to the Winter Storm Warning forecast for Bennington County. We'll start a list later tonight only if more districts call in. See our afternoon report below.]

Boy, that escalated quickly.

The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a Winter Storm Warning--not a Watch--for Berkshire County. Snow days and early releases are in play for Friday. The window for this storm is 2 AM Friday to noon on Saturday.

Colder air is expected to deepen as the storm moves up the coast and intensifies. The rain we are experiencing right now is the leading edge of the storm, and we will see a gradual changeover to wet snow anywhere between 3 AM and noon Friday, depending on the elevation of your location. Some schools do have a shot at a snow day tomorrow.

Because the temperature has been over freezing during the day for the last week or so, it will take much longer for the snow to accumulate on the roads. For this reason we think students should have little problem getting to their schools in Northern Berkshire tomorrow morning.

But if the snow begins to accumulate on the roads before the morning commute, or Superintendents are worried about accumulating snow during the day, then we might see a snow day or two from this list of schools: Hancock, Florida, Savoy, Central Berkshire, Adams-Cheshire, and perhaps even North Adams and Mount Greylock.

In all of Berkshire County we should see accumulating snow at some point on Friday For that reason, we can not rule out a few early releases for tomorrow.

This storm will impact high elevation towns the most. NWS Albany is expecting 5 to 10 inches of snow for Northern Berkshire with some higher elevations getting over a foot. Southern Berkshire County could see 4-6 inches. The bulk of this snow should fall Friday afternoon and into the evening, if we were to generalize for the entire County.

Be aware that the past history with these late season storms indicates that it will be a bust. But--there's always a but--should it do what meteorologists think it is going to do, some group of students will have some time off from school tomorrow.

The GSD Office will be kicking it into high gear tomorrow morning with updates on the storm, cancellations and/or delays.

If you can make sense of this snow onset map, then you're a better person than we are. Good luck with it.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Winter's Last Gasps

Hello, Flake Followers! Old Man Winter may have a few more statements (plural) to make before he retires for the season.

A complicated and messy storm will impact our region Thursday and Friday and even Saturday. We'll see mostly rain for the Berkshires on Thursday, but there will be enough cold air in place on Friday to convert the rain to wet snow. We may see as many as 4-5 inches, but more than likely we'll get an inch of slush given how meteorologists have overshot the mark often this winter.

Travel on Friday night could be troublesome if you're out on the town. If the snow does actually intensify, it will fall throughout Friday evening and we'll all wake up on Saturday to a blanket of 2-4 inches of snow (with higher amounts in the higher elevations.)

NWS Albany
But that might not be the end of it. You may not be seeing it on your favorite weather app, but we have heard some rumblings about a classic coastal storm Tuesday night into Wednesday. This one has the potential to be moderate and even heavy. Two storm systems will need to come together to make this happen, but don't be surprised to see the weather alarm bells go off this weekend about a sizable midweek storm. Just saying.

We'll be monitoring next week's storm potential throughout the weekend.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Winter Weather Advisory; High Winds

Wild March weather continues today. After a gorgeous spring-like day yesterday, Old Man Winter has said, "Not so fast."

The bulk of the snow is over for the morning--2 inches at the GSD Home Office so far--but we could see a period of sleet later in the morning hours that will disrupt travel. And the wind is howling. Gusts up to 50 mph are expected this morning.

There is no threat that this fast-moving storm will affect the start of school tomorrow. Everything will wind down later this afternoon.

As for the week ahead, it's starting to look more like spring. After a coolish start to the week--temps in the 30s on Monday and Tuesday, we should end the work week with temps in the mid-50s. The only real chance for precipitation will be Friday afternoon when we could see some rain showers.

The long-range folks are saying the back half of March should be colder than normal with precipitation at or around normal. This means at least one more major storm is still possible before we close the books on Winter 2018-19.