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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bombogenesis and Thundersnow

Just about every school has called in a snow day for tomorrow. Of course, you're next question is: will we have school on Wednesday? We'll crawl under that hurdle when we get to it. But should we get 24 or 30 inches of snow from this storm, then school on Wednesday would certainly be in jeopardy. We should definitely let it start snowing first before we offer up our prediction for Wednesday.

It's been quite a few years since we've seen predicted snowfall totals this high for the Berkshires. Kick back and enjoy it.
Two words we love to see from meteorologists: bombogenesis and thundersnow. Bombogenesis is the deepening of the low pressure system off the coast that leads to intense snow totals. Thundersnow is just plain fun to hear. Keep your ears open for thundersnow during the day tomorrow.

Expect the heaviest snow--falling at a rate of 2-3 inches per hour--between 10 AM and 4 PM. And don't sleep on the wind: gusts up to 40 mph at times.

Here's our complete list of school cancellations:


Berkshire Christian
Berkshire Community College
Berkshire Country Day
Berkshire Hills
Berlin (NY)
Central Berkshire
Emma Miller Memorial
Farmington River
Gabriel Abbott
Hoosick Falls (NY)
Housatonic Academy
Miss Hall's
Mohawk Trail
Mount Greylock
New Lebanon (NY)
North Adams
Northern Berkshire (McCann)
Pine Cobble
Southern Berkshire
Southern Vermont College
Southern Vermont Supervisory Union
Williams College (Administrative Offices & Children's Center)

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