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

Friday, December 13, 2013

Winter Storm Watch for Storm Anya (12/14-15)

Game on, followers of the flake! The NWS has issued a Winter Storm Watch for our region starting Saturday morning, so this storm is ahead of schedule. It should start snowing some time around 11 AM tomorrow, and it will end in the early hours of Sunday morning. Sunday is shaping up to be a better day as most folks should be able to get shovelled out by 8 or 9 AM.

The peak snow should occur after dark on Saturday night. There could be bands of snow at a rate of 2" per hour, and the winds will kick up, possibly creating blizzard conditions. Saturday night Holiday parties could be in jeopardy because of the snow.

The range of forecasted snow totals is anywhere from 6 to 12 inches. At this point, the GSD Staff has reached consensus, and we think we'll be on the lower end of that total with a 6-8" total more likely for all of the Berkshires. Northern Berkshire could see up to 10", and there's a chance SoCo may only see 6" if more moist snow and sleet mixes in, which is a slight possibility.

We'll be watching the radar tonight to give you a better sense of the timing of Storm Anya before you head to bed tonight. We'll also have an update about snow total predictions from our various weather news outlets later in the day.

We hope you survive your Friday the 13th without any calamities, and hope you enjoy this good old-fashioned snow storm!

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