How much snow will Berkshire County see by Friday morning as several storm systems converge just south of the region?
Forecasters upped their predictions Thursday afternoon, with AccuWeather predicting 4 inches for Berkshire County and the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., issuing its first winter weather advisory of the season.
The government forecasters are calling for 1 to 3 inches by noon Friday, when the advisory set to begin at 4 a.m. expires.
According to the alert, slippery road conditions are expected, with hazardous conditions potentially impacting the morning commute. A few downed tree branches could cause isolated power failures, the forecasters stated.
What’s left of Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to connect with a separate, strengthening system coming out of the Mississippi Valley. As they mate south of Long Island, N.Y., the pair may spawn yet a third low-pressure area just offshore.
NewsChannel 13 and WAMC meteorologist Paul Caiano predicted as much as 3 to 6 inches of snow in North Berkshire before dawn on Friday, with the maximum amounts most likely in higher elevations.
From Pittsfield down to the Connecticut border, his prediction is for just 1 to 3 inches. The wild card is how much cold Canadian air will be funneled into the area, Caiano explained.
By Friday afternoon, the snow or a mix with rain should be winding down, leading into a dry but blustery Halloween on Saturday. Wintry temperatures are expected to persist until next Wednesday, with snow showers possible on Monday.