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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Elle Arrives Early: Temperature Watch Begins

While you were sleeping, Storm Elle snuck into the Berkshires slightly ahead of schedule, bringing light rain to the northern half of the Berkshires around 4:30 AM. Also, the National Weather Service dropped our Winter Storm Watch and made it a Winter Weather Advisory for the entire county. They're calling for 2-4" south and 4-6" north for tonight into tomorrow. A few schools to our North have called off school or called early releases but nothing (and rightfully so) for schools in Berkshire County.

We'll see very light rain for the next few hours, then a let up, then the fun begins for real around midday. Here's the latest radar picture (6 AM Wed.):


As attractive as the blue blob to the west is, our main focus is the green blob over South Carolina. That's the piece of energy that will bring us our wintry weather this evening.

The key to today will be watching the temperature. As soon as it gets below freezing, the sleet and snow will begin. It's 34 at the GSD Home Office as of 6 AM, and we think we'll get below freezing at some point after noon, probably around 1 or 2 PM, which could make for a slow drive home from school this afternoon. The evening commute will be even more unpleasant.

We'll let you know if anything changes!

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