Weather update: 10 to 20 inches of snow expected, sleet possible


PITTSFIELD -- The National Weather Service is forecasting 10 to 20 inches of snow, along with possible sleet and ice to fall in the Berkshires between today and Friday morning.

The agency has issued a winter storm warning until 10 a.m. on Friday.

The higher elevations of Berkshire County and eastern part of the county are expected to receive higher amounts of snow, said National Weather Service meteorologist Luigi Meccariello.

Sleet is being forecasted for the southern part of the county, where a tenth of an inch of ice could build up in the afternoon, Meccariello said. "Snow will be the predominant feature" of the storm, he said.

Snowfall will be at its heaviest during the evening rush hour and through the night in the Berkshires, Meccariello said.

The snow should largely be over by daylight on Friday, though light snow showers are possible. "Most of the accumulation will be over by then," Meccariello said.

Temperatures today will be in the 20's, with wind gusts in the 20 to 25 mile per hour range. "There might be a little gusty wind, but nothing too bad," Meccariello said.

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