Wednesday December 26, 2012

A winter storm could dump a mixture of snow and ice on the Berkshires beginning tonight, causing the potential for dangerous travel conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Berkshire County from tonight through late Thursday in anticipation of significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations.

The watch also includes northwestern Connecticut, mid-Hudson Valley, the Taconics and the Capital Region.

Moderate to heavy snow was expected tonight, eventually mixing with or changing to sleet or freezing rain before daybreak Thursday. Northern Berkshire County could see from 4 to 8 inches of snow and sleet and a quarter inch of ice, with temperatures in the lower to mid 30s. Southern Berkshire could see 2 to 6 inches of snow and a tenth of an inch or less of ice, with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.

The storm is expected to end as snow showers Thursday afternoon.

The weather service warned that snow- and ice-covered roadways could make travel dangerous and advised people to continue to monitor the latest forecasts.