Friday’s forecast: High winds, rain, snow possible

Friday December 21, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Whether or not the world will end today, people traveling should be mindful of Friday’s foul weather.

The National Weather Service station in Albany, N.Y. has issued a high wind warning for Pittsfield and northern Berkshire County into southern Vermont through 1 p.m. Forecasters say the 20 to 30 mile per hour winds could be strong and damaging, with gusts up to 60 mph.

The impact may include down trees and limbs, which could result in down power lines, power outages and property damage.

In addition today’s rainy weather could also create hazardous road conditions and decrease visibility. Drivers should take precaution.

The Pittsfield Police Department reported one minor motor vehicle accident on Fenn Street around 7 a.m. this morning. No one was injured.

It is still unclear if the cause could be attributed to the weather, but a road detour was briefly set up while the accident scene was cleared. Fenn Street has since been re-opened.

The weather forecast for tonight includes rain through 8 p.m., which may turn to snow between 8 and 10 p.m. Winds are expected to subside to 8 to 13 mph, with gusts up to 23 mph. There is a 50 percent chance of precipitation in the Berkshires.

On Saturday, forecasters say snow showers are likely between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., with moderate wind.


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