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

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Light Snow for Thursday AM

The white stuff has returned--albeit for a brief time--and most of Berkshire County is enjoying a beautifying half inch covering this morning. Unfortunately, the roads are too warm for it to stick, although some slush could accumulate in places so take heed as you make your way out onto those highways and bi-ways.

The snow won't last this morning, but snow showers could persist all the way until the early afternoon hours. It'll make things look nice out there, but we're not going to see any delays or early releases. [UPDATE: Hoosick Falls and Berlin (NY) have phoned in 2-hour delays, but nothing for Berkshire County schools as of 7 AM.]

As for upcoming storms, we have only bad news. Our Sunday storm has decided to take a most unkindly southerly track, and we might see just a little light snow in the middle of the day (no more than an inch). As for next week and the chances of white Christmas, things are looking none too good. We might have a big rainstorm on Wednesday and then a chance of snow showers on the back end of that storm as it heads out on Thursday (similar to what's happening right now).

We don't like it one bit but that's what we're seeing on the storm front.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Week of December 15: Ho Ho Ho Hum

First, two bits of news:

1. You can now access Greylock Snow Day by typing www.greylocksnowday.com into your browser.

2. The GSD/True North Writing Contest is in full swing and we've already had our first entry! Yes! Keep them coming!

As for breaking winter weather news, we don't have much for you to get excited about. Temps will be in the mid-30s for most of the week. Expect some rain showers Tuesday night into Wednesday with a slight chance of sleet or freezing rain in the higher terrain of Berkshire County. This rain-causing disturbance will scoot on out of here on Thursday, leaving behind a chance of snow showers as the temperatures drop below freezing.

We do have the trusty weather future-scope focused on a Sunday coastal storm. A few of the models are predicting a low pressure system to form off the mid-Atlantic coast in the early hours of Sunday. This storm would bring snow to the Northeast. There is a chance we could see an impact on the school day Monday should the storm develop to its full potential.

We will post again when we have more substantive info about this possible Sunday/Monday storm.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

2015 GSD/True North Writing Contest

Here it is, gang. The much anticipated Greylock Snow Day Writing Contest for 2015. Students grades K through 12 are eligible. Grand Prize winners take home an amazing $300. Two Runners Up will each earn themselves $100. We're not talking savings bonds or lottery tickets or funds that have to be used expressly for school expenses. That's straight cash, homies.

Here's what we've cooked up for you this year:

Take a popular and favorite holiday song ("Let It Snow"; "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"; "Silent Night"; "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"; etc.) and rewrite the lyrics (at least one full verse and chorus), making it all about Greylock Snow Day, snow days in general, delays, early releases, snow storms, etc. There are only two rules: 1) you have to mention Greylock Snow Day (or GSD) once; 2) it has to be clever! Feel free to collaborate--we will accept joint entries.

For example:

Jingle Bells!
Jingle Bells!
Jingle all the way...


GSD don't lie!...

Our example qualifies for rule 1 but for rule 2, we're not so sure. Plus, there's some bad grammar going on there--what's up with that?. We know our faithful readers can do much better!


There are two ways to submit your entry this year. 1) You can write out your lyrics and email them to bdils@mgrhs.org. 2) Or--and we would prefer this method--you can make a YouTube video of your song and email the link to bdils@mgrhs.org. Whatever method you choose, make sure that in your email you include the following info:

School and Grade
Mailing Address


The deadline for entries is Sunday, January 4th--that gives you all vacation to work on your entry! Get to it!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

More December Wintery Gifts?

Even though Moonracer did not deliver a major snow storm, it did give us arguably one of the prettiest, story-book snows you will ever see. With just enough stickiness to coat every surface thoroughly, the few inches we received last evening did wonders to brighten the holiday mood. Bring on the egg nog and the gingerbread cookies!

So, what's next on the docket? Besides the announcement of GSD Writing Contest #3--details to be announced this weekend!--we do have our eye on a little disturbance for the middle of next week. Some models are hinting at yet another Tuesday/Wednesday storm (all three storms this season have started on Tuesdays). We shall see.

As for the weekend, we may actually see the sun on Saturday. It will be that big yellow round thing that looks a lot like the moon, only much, much brighter. And as tempting as it might be--don't look at it.

Temps should be in the mid-30s to high 20s for the next week or so. The temperature is starting to nose downward. The next time we might see the mid 40s could be in March.

Enjoy the relatively quiet end of the work week!