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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Schools in New York Closing Early

We don't think the trend will extend into the Berkshires, but several schools to our west have decided to send students home early today. The closest school to the Berkshires to make that call is New Lebanon, NY.

Should any Berkshire County schools decide to send students home early, we'll run a list here.

As for the snow and sleet, expect it to start at or slightly before noon, but the heavier precipitation will fall in the afternoon (around 3 PM) and extend into the evening.

The 10 AM radar.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Snow for Tuesday Afternoon

Just a few updates to our earlier discussion of the Winter Weather Advisory for Tuesday:

*The NWS now starts the Advisory at 10 AM, not 3 PM, for the Berkshires. There will be a brief period of snow and/or sleet then a lull in the action then a return to more steady snow and sleet in the afternoon.

*There will be enough cold air in place for all snow for the late afternoon time frame of the storm. We could easily see 3-4 inches in higher elevations in the Berkshires, especially in eastern locales. Lower elevations will see more sleet and freezing rain as the approaching rain overspreads the area and falls through the cold air still trapped in place.

*School officials will have to make decisions about the fate of after-school activities. It could be messy at school release time and likely will be slick when most practices and rehearsals let out.

*We're still hesitant to predict delays for Wednesday. Most of the precipitation will end well before the buses run in the morning.

From our friends at Springfield at Channel 22.

Wiinter Weather Advisory for Tuesday

The winter storm machine that made December such a blast has apparently run out of fuel. We've had a very dull January so far, and it does not look promising for the rest of the month. It will interesting to see how this January ranks in terms of temperatures and warmest Januaries ever. We've had several days in the 40s, and more 40 degree days are in the forecast for the next 10 days. It could easily make the top 10.

But we do have some winter nastiness to contend with tomorrow. A Winter Weather Advisory for the Berkshires has been posted for tomorrow starting at 3 PM and lasting until 7 AM on Wednesday. Expect snow, sleet, and freezing rain throughout the afternoon, with more of all three precipitation types in the north and lower amounts in the south.

The timing of the iciness is not ideal for delays on Wednesday. It will all arrive too early. There is an outside shot for a shorter school day on Wednesday, but we don't think the delay call will be universally employed by Superintendents. We think there's a better chance games and performances could be postponed Tuesday night because of the roads.

Ultimately, we don't think this storm will cause too much trouble, but there is the potential for an extended period of sleet in the afternoon that has necessitated the Winter Weather Advisory. Be safe on the roads, and we'll update tomorrow morning to give our dear readers a clearer sense of the likelihood of after-school activities being cancelled.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Frigid Monday; Snow Tuesday

At the GSD Home Office today in Williamstown, we had a steady mist of snow for part of the day and then a brief burst of snow in the evening tacked on a quarter of an inch to our growing snow total for the year.

Monday will be very cold but the good news is that we will see the sun. Temps will top out at 17 or 18 degrees before a big warming trend starts during the day on Tuesday.

We will see snow Tuesday afternoon--more in North County than in South County--but the grand total will only by an inch or two. The snow should change over to rain in the evening. Travel after school on Tuesday could be messy, but roads should be more wet than covered in snow.

Things really warm up later in the week with mid-40s expected Wednesday through Friday. Wednesday looks to be a rainy day, which will wash away much of the snow we have accumulated recently (in most areas).

Unfortunately, we're still waiting for that big organized storm to kick off the new year.

Here's a map for those of you who might have snow envy:

As expected, the Cape got the best of it this past weekend.