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.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Nothing But Cold Air

The biggest news today was that the storm--which wasn't as much of a bust as we might have been led to believe--did not generate a single delay or snow day in Berkshire County. We all expected county Superintendents to zig but they zagged.

Given their past records on 3-6 inch snow storms that end before or right around the morning commute, the Superintendents' collective decisions to all have a full day of school reeks of collusion.

(Actually, the real reason is that streets and roads were too warm, and it took several hours for the snow to accumulate on the roads, if it accumulated at all. Road crews didn't have that much snow to move, and they had plenty of time to do it.)

So, we missed this storm about as badly as we've missed one all season. Our apologies. And we won't have an opportunity to get right back on the horse because the next weather-maker will not arrive until Sunday when a mixed bag of precipitation is forecasted to impact our area Sunday afternoon and Sunday night.

What we will see over the next few days is a well-below average cold air mass on top of us. Tuesday won't be too bad (mid 20s) but we will get into the single digits Tuesday night, and Wednesday's highs will only be in the upper teens. We will almost get to 0 degrees on Wednesday night before we see a gradual warm-up to the upper 30s and mid-40s for the weekend.

There may be some stray lake effect snow showers over the next few days but no accumulation is expected.

A near miss.

Delays for Monday, March 4

The snow exited more quickly than expected, so road crews have gotten a jump on clearing the streets. Most schools in Massachusetts have delayed or cancelled school...but not the Berkshires. We have a few delays to report outside the Berkshires, and we'll update this list if there are changes.


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New Lebanon
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