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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Winter Comes A-creeping...

You heard the magical S word in the news lately, and now you've come to the source that will give you the real story.

Here's the authentic narrative, a.k.a the skinny:

Snow showers Sunday night into Monday, and a similar scenario for Thanksgiving Eve and Turkey Day itself, but that's about the size of it.

It's unlikely we'll see much, if any, accumulation, especially in the lower elevations of Berkshire County. The farther south you go, the less of a chance you will have of seeing snow on the grassy surfaces. Hill towns might get an inch or so.

Watch for plummeting temperatures over the next five days. We will breach the 60 degree mark on Saturday (shorts weather?), but by Monday the highs will be in the low 30s. Winter is upon us.

With this kind of marked shift in the temperatures, there is always instability and precipitation but the best we can expect are bands of occasionally heavy snow showers Sunday afternoon and into Monday morning. There is very little chance of a delay on Monday morning (but wouldn't that be nice?).

Close, but not a direct hit. Thanks to Accuweather for the graphic.
On Wednesday, we could see snow late at night then a shift over to rain early Thursday and then snow again as the storm wraps around and brings cool air in from the northwest, thus turning the remaining precipitation into the frozen variety.

Even though the forecast does not bring us accumulating snow, the good news is that the temperatures are starting to dip. A prolonged cold stretch will greatly increase the likelihood of a school-day truncation or cancellation.

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