Friday morning in Berkshire County began with reports of school closings, delays and traffic flow tangled by the steadily falling snow.

National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the region, effective until noon today.

The cold and snow has caused icy conditions and frozen slush in some areas. Initial police reports have included cars sliding off roads, creating stalls in traffic, as well as some minor motor vehicle accidents. Drivers should take caution.

Local schools took precautions by either delaying the start of or closing schools today. For the latest list, visit http://bit.ly/WP91bq.

Meteorologists say the snow will remain steady through the morning, tapering off by midday. Winds will be on the swifter side, with gusts up to 35 miles per hour. Forecasters warn people to beware falling tree limbs that may succumb to the weight of the snow or weakened by wind.

The high temperature for today is 34 degrees. Tonight, temperatures are expected to dip to a low of 22 degrees, with subsiding winds and clearer conditions.

Sunshine is in the forecast for Saturday, with a high temperature near 45 degrees. Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

To learn more about weather predictions for Berkshire County, visit Eagle contributor Clarence Fanto's blog, Weatherwise, at www.berkshireeagleblogs.com/weatherwiseintheberkshires.


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