Local New Year's Eve revelers are likely to ring in 2014 with frosty champagne glasses, chilled by Mother Nature's latest deep freeze.

Near sub-zero temperatures are expected Tuesday night as bitter cold weather grips the Berkshires through the week, according to the National Weather Service office in Albany, N.Y.

NWS meteorologist John Quinlan says an arctic air mass will move into the region this morning and last until Sunday.

"Whatever the overnight low was will be the daytime high [on Monday]," he said. "By mid-week, the nighttime lows will be at or below zero."

Quinlan noted the cold snaps also likely to prime the first snowstorm of the new year, with at least a 60 percent chance of the white stuff Thursday through Friday.

Meanwhile, the cold rain of Sunday gradually mixed with and changed to snow Sunday evening throughout the higher elevations in Berkshire County.

The snow coupled with falling temperatures by daybreak was expected to create a slippery Monday morning commute in some areas of the county.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
or (413) 496-6233