PITTSFIELD -- Residents of Berkshire County and parts of Massachusetts woke up to the first snow of the season on Tuesday morning.
Much to the dismay of those Berkshirites who dread the onset of winter, a frigid blast deposited the coating of snow on the landscape early Tuesday as a cold front ushered in the leading edge of an Arctic air mass direct from northern Canada.
The pre-season sampler left a half-inch of snow at Pittsfield Municipal Airport and in Lanesborough, while weather spotters in Florida and Clarksburg hit the mini-jackpot, with an inch and a half.
Road crews in some towns were out sanding and salting slick spots as a "warmup" for the real thing - a plowable snowfall that remains beyond the horizon for at least the next 15 days, according to AccuWeather.com.
Temperatures held in the mid to upper 20s into the noon hour, at least 15 degrees below seasonable readings, but National Weather Service forecasters predict a warmup within several days, with highs returning to the 50s before the weekend.
Until then the cold snap lingering into Thursday, accompanied by brisk breezes, will produce bundle-up wind-chill readings, with the lowest temperatures of the season expected by dawn Wednesday countywide, possibly in the mid-teens.
According to National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Wasula at the Albany, N.Y., forecast office, dry, tranquil weather will extend through the weekend with some light rain possible by Monday. The long-term forecast calls for temperatures remaining above normal with moisture below normal.
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