A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder. -- Susan Orlean

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Week of March 30: Snow Still In the Forecast

It's nearly April and we're still seeing plenty of opportunities in the forecast for snow events. All of the upcoming chances for snow will be minor and not impact school in any way, but they are still worth writing about.

Winter will just not quit. Here's what's in store this week:

*A chance of half-inch or so tonight (Sunday). The overnight snow could resemble the snow we received on Saturday. Roads will be fine (except in the higher elevation spots) but we could see it stick on the grassy/snowy areas.

*Thursday night we will see a chance at rain or snow. This threat is less clear, and if we get precipitation at all, it will be very light.

*Friday night into Saturday could be snowy. Even though the temps will hit 50+ degrees on Friday, we could see snow Friday night into Saturday morning. The models are in disagreement about this surge of moisture, so you'll have to check in later in the week for more details about it.

*Easter Sunday looks cold but precipitation free.

We still believe there will be at least one more close call for a delay or snow day before Winter is finally over.  With temps staying below average this long into March, that threat of a potent spring snow storm is higher than most years. It looks like we'll have at least two more weeks of this cooler than normal weather before a major warm-up in mid-April.

Keep those galoshes handy this week!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Little Snow Is On the Way

We have had a quiet, cold week, but why not end it with a little snow?

A coastal low will make its way into our area that will leave its wintery mark. It will not be a direct hit, but eventually snow will overspread our area by tomorrow night.

We have to admit we've been a little distracted from all the March Madness bracketology lately, but we promise you we've been monitoring the weather situation. And Old Man Winter just does not want to give it up for the season.

Here's what we expect tomorrow...

Three inches in South County and one or two up North by the GSD Home Office. Driving around tomorrow night will be slow. Tomorrow's ride back home from school could be messy for South County schools. It should hold off for all schools north of Pittsfield after the afternoon bus runs. It's possible some schools in South County will cancel afternoon activities.

We think this timing map from Accuweather is mostly accurate.
Other than tomorrow night's snow, we see no big storms out there that will reach our area. If you're tired of winter, then you won't like the forecast. Next week is slated to be unseasonably cool once again. Skiers, on the other hand, are rejoicing and should be able to get another week of their sport in (at least).

Have a great weekend and travel safely tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Freezing Rain Advisory/Late Week Snow?

Don't be surprised tomorrow morning if you find a light glaze of ice on your car and especially on your driveway. All of Berkshire County has been issued a Freezing Rain Advisory. This advisory might be more of a precaution than an out-and-out concern, but it's good to be forewarned, isn't it? We don't think it's going to slow down too many folks.

Any precipitation we see this weekend should be in the form of rain. We'll see light rain overnight--thus the potential for freezing rain--and that rain could be with us through noon. There will be a letup in the afternoon, then we have another round of showers in store for Saturday night. We could see a few snow showers mix in Saturday night and Sunday morning. The threat of a Sunday night storm that we mentioned earlier in the week is no longer a threat.

So, we're looking at a fairly gray and wet weekend, with around average temperatures, but we are not expecting heavy rain, which is good for any flooding concerns people might have.

Despite the mild weather we've experienced (alright, enjoyed) this past week, temps are heading south again for next week. We'll be in the 30s most of the week, which is a few degrees below normal. Nights will be cold (upper teens and low 20s).

We do have the potential for a Thursday/Friday snowstorm--the temperatures will be cold enough to support an all snow event. Right now it's a coastal low that looks like it will miss us to the south, but the potential exists for a more northerly track, which would impact our area.

Anybody up for more snow?

Monday, March 9, 2015

End of Weekend Storm?

It's almost blasphemous to admit it, but that bright sun sure felt good today. We'll have a few more enjoyably mild, sunny days this week to enjoy. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 40s during the day and in the 20s (on average) at night. The only precipitation we see this week is a small chance of a brief rain shower Tuesday night.

As for snow, we actually have some news to report. We've heard rumblings about the possibility of the development of a coastal storm on Sunday that could very well impact school on Monday. It's way too early to give you any solid info on this storm, but because this week will be so dreadfully dull on the weather front, at least it's something to pique or interest.

If it does develop in our favor, we think there could be moderate to heavy precipitation. What form that precipitation takes is a mystery at this point in the proceedings.

We'll have much more to report in a few days when the computer models start to give us more consistent information. Perhaps this will be Winter's last gasp?