The Berkshires can expect another glancing blow from a coastal storm Tuesday before an arctic deep freeze settles in for the rest of the week.

The National Weather Service office in Albany, N.Y., says the second winter storm in two days will bring several inches of snow along the mid-Atlantic and Southern New England coast, but it will just graze the county, according to meteorologist Brian Frugis.

"It will be a bit of a glancing blow, with a few flurries in North County and maybe an inch or two in the Great Barrington area," Frugis said.

On Monday, the Berkshires dodged the brunt of an icy morning commute that saw the heaviest amounts of sleet and freezing rain to the west and south of the area, forecasters said.

The first storm's track was good news for Berkshirites who headed to work and school. Local and state police reported no accidents before 10 a.m. Municipal and state highway crews had salted the roads ahead of the mixed precipitation as a precaution.

While the Berkshires should escape the one-two punch of Old Man Winter that dumped a foot of snow in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, January-like temperatures will grip the area for the second half of the week.

"Thursday and Friday, we may not see daytime highs get out of the teens," Frugis said.

He added, overnight lows those two days could drop below zero, before a slight warming trend heading into the weekend -- the next chance for significant wintery precipitation.

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