A brief but potentially severe bout of stormy weather is in the cards for the Berkshires on Monday afternoon as the leading edge of cooler air blasts into the region.
Heavy showers, possible thunderstorms and high winds are expected, according to National Weather Service forecaster Kevin Lipton's mid-morning outlook.
The government agency's Albany, N.Y., office issued a wind advisory for the county that went into effect at 10 a.m. and expires at 8 p.m. Monday. Strong south to southeast winds gusting up to 50 miles an hour are expected to peak by mid-afternoon before easing back around sundown.
"As the cold front punches through, there could be a quick shot of torrential rain and gusty winds," said Paul Caiano, meteorologist for WNYT News Channel 13 and WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany, N.Y.
The National Weather Service advisory indicates potential isolated power disruptions, minor property damage and downed tree limbs.
Fall foliage, at or past peak in the region's higher elevations, is likely to be affected with a major blowdown of leaves.
Unusually mild temperatures approaching 70, and possible breaks of sunshine in some areas, would fuel any outbreaks of severe weather, according to Lipton.
"The amount of sunshine and resultant surface heating will be critical to watch into the afternoon as more sunshine and warming could allow even stronger winds, perhaps reaching warning levels, to develop," Lipton said.
The heavy rainfall is expected to last no more than two hours, tapering off just after sunset. The mid-week period should be mostly dry with seasonably cool temperatures.
For Thursday and Friday, forecasters are eyeing a potential coastal storm — the weakened remnants of former Tropical Storm Karen — but conflicting computer models make it difficult to determine what impact, if any, it might have on western New England. As of mid-Monday, the Berkshires are likely to remain dry, the government forecasters said.
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