After digging out from up to 20 inches snow over the weekend, Berkshires residents now must contend with an icy start to the work week.
A large storm system that produced blizzard conditions in the upper Midwest and severe thunderstorms on the Gulf Coast is expected to pelt the county with snow, sleet and freezing rain for most of today, according to the National Weather Service office in Albany, N.Y.
While the amount of mixed precipitation is expected to be minimal, meteorologist Kevin Lipton said it would be enough to create hazardous driving conditions.
"It's going to be dicey morning commute," he said. "This storm is more of a travel problem as the ground is so cold, the rain will freeze on contact."
A winter weather advisory has been posted from 4 a.m. until noon for all of Western Massachusetts, southern Ver mont and the Albany area.
The precipitation is expected to begin falling as snow just after daybreak and begin mixing with or changing to sleet or freezing rain by mid-afternoon before becoming rain as temperatures rise to near 40 degrees. The cold rain will persist before tapering off to rain and/or snow showers overnight and lasting into early Tuesday evening.
The roller coaster of weather is the latest in a series of storms that could impact our region for the west of the week.
Lipton noted that another storm out of the Southwest will race across the country to the East Coast, but should stay to the south of the Northeast.
"High pressure to the north and west should keep it over the mid-Atlantic states," he said.
A bigger concern may be the potential for a significant storm next weekend, but it's too early to make a prediction.
"We don't have quite enough information, but there's no question we are having a very active mid-winter weather pattern," Lipton noted.
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