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

Friday, January 31, 2014

February 5 Storm Taking Shape

At the GSD Office we try to avoid being a part of the weather hype machine, but for the storm expected to hit us starting on Tuesday night and lasting through the day on Wednesday, it looks like  a major snow event is unavoidable. We haven't had a slam dunk in a while--there was plenty of uncertainty with storm Brooklyn--but right now a February 5 snow day almost appears to be a certainty.

Even though we're five days out from the arrival of this storm, the models are in agreement, and there do not seem to be too many variables in play that would turn the storm into a bust. Even though this storm could very well fizzle, we do not often see such calm agreement between models and forecasters at this early stage in the forecast.

So, first things first, we need a storm name and we need it fast. Vote early and often. We'll close down voting by midnight on Super Bowl Sunday.

Second, be prepared for snow showers changing to rain showers on Saturday. We won't see much accumulation. Sunday night we could see more snow showers as the fringe of a coastal low tries to force its way into our area. Temps will be mild, though, on Sunday. Monday looks calm before the clouds move in on Tuesday. Snow should start in the early evening hours on Tuesday. School and community events Tuesday night will likely not happen.

We're bullish on this storm, and we're feeling confident about it. You should never ever be surprised about any odd turn in the events when it comes to Berkshire weather, but you should head into this weekend knowing that a big weather event is headed our way for the midweek. And we're also hearing grumblings about another big storm for the week of Feb. 10. Remember, the typical storm pattern is that they come in threes about a week apart. Let's hope so!

Thank you, Accuweather.

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