|Snow or Rain, But Definitely Wind, On the Way|
|04:35PM / Wednesday, February 26, 2020|
Rain, snow or a little of both.
The Berkshires have had some lovely weather over the past several days. From bone-chilling 6 degrees at Harriman & West Airport in North Adams on Friday, the city saw temperatures rise to 64 degrees on Main Street by Monday afternoon.
But alas, winter will strike again before week's end, bringing cold air, precipitation and strong winds. How much of each is still to be seen.
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has posted a high wind watch for all of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont beginning Wednesday evening and continuing through Thursday morning. Strong to damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines causing potentially numerous to widespread power outages.
The weather service also has a winter storm watch up for Southern Vermont that may easily bleed south into the northern part of the Berkshires. The forecast is for heavy snow of 6 inches or more in the southern Green Mountains. Snowfall rates may reach up to one inch per hour for late Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
The snow and winds are coming from a storm strengthening along the Great Lakes that's expected to move into New England beginning Tuesday night, followed by a second low pressure system. Accuweather is predicing plenty of rain for most of Vermont, Massachusetts and points south but that could change over to snow in North and Central County.
A sliver of snow may reach south into the Berkshires, dropping up to 3 inches. Or, we may get heavy rain. Or maybe a mix of each.
"We are anticipating a burst of rain and wind that can be accompanied by thunder and lightning from late Wednesday night to early Thursday morning from the mid-Atlantic to southeastern New England
," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek said.
Temperatures will drop from the 40s, 50s and 60s, into the 20s by Friday.