PITTSFIELD -- Motorists can expect icy roads conditions later Monday. A dicey mix of snow, sleet, freeing rain and freezing drizzle is on tap for Berkshire County on Monday afternoon and evening, according to National Weather Service forecasters in Albany, N.Y.
Because of an approaching weather system that will usher in a brief break from the deep freeze of the past week, a winter weather advisory is in effect for the region until 7 a.m. on Tuesday for a potential light snowfall of 1 to 3 inches on Monday afternoon, followed by a changeover to an icy mix during the late-afternoon commute from work and school.
Despite brightening mid-morning skies over parts of the county on Monday morning, "everything is still on target for the wintry mix," said meteorologist Neil Stuart at the government forecast office in Albany. "We're seeing thickening clouds on radar and snow should be starting around noon or early afternoon."
Up to an inch of ice accumulation after sunset would be enough to create hazardous road conditions, he added.
Ice pellets, sleet and freezing drizzle are expected to persist, on and off, until temperatures "soar" above 32 degrees on Tuesday morning. By Wednesday, a soaking rainfall and balmy reading into the low 50s will provide a brief respite from the cold snap until readings return to seasonable late-January levels on Thursday and into the weekend.
The mid-week rain, which could total about an inch, is expected to erode what's left of a minimal snow cover in the Berkshires. So far, the 22.6 inches of snow measured at Pittsfield Municipal Airport this season is only about half the average recorded since 1938.