|The White Stuff Is Coming! The White Stuff Is Coming!|
|Staff Reports, |
02:30PM / Thursday, November 15, 2018
|The blue doesn't mean blue skies. The Berkshires are looking at 4 to 6 inches overnight but the Pioneer Vally could get up to 8 inches.|
Here's an update direct from the Massachusetts Emergency Agency:
Precipitation is expected to start in southwestern Massachusetts by 5 p.m. this evening, spreading to the northeast, arriving in Worcester by 7 p.m., Boston by 8 p.m., and northeastern MA by 9 p.m. Snow will be moderate to heavy at times, with snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour possible, reducing visibility to half-mile and accumulating quickly. Accumulations of 4-8 inches in Western and central Mass, 4-6 inches along the 495 belt, and 1-2 inches along the 95 belt are expected.
Our first set of cancellations:
• The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has canceled all after-school activities for Thursday.
Having to shovel before getting to gorge on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie? How rude, Mother Nature!
One week before Thanksgiving, the first National Weather Service Winter Storm Watch of the season is upon us from Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon.
In the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, the various models and forecasters seem to mostly to agree that it's going to be very cold Thursday (unseasonably cold, like maybe record-setting cold, like maybe-it's-time-to-put-the-flip-flops-away cold). Then the clouds will come in, bringing precipitation late Thursday afternoon and evening. It likely will start as a cold November rain (and it will be hard to hold a candle) or even a thin layer of ice at the beginning - the National Weather Service has posted both ice and snow total graphics. But then it's expected to turn into snow overnight into Friday morning.
By the time the storm - nicknamed Avery, FYI, for anyone who thinks that naming snowstorms isn't just plain silly - moves out of the region, expect anywhere from 4 to 6 inches of snow, with the higher accumulations to the north and west. Channel 13 even dips its ominous 6- to 9-inch white oval of doom into the Northern Berkshires.
It's not supposed to be a blockbuster storm by any means, but it's a messy start to a winter season that's beginning in the middle of fall this year. FYI: Typically, in Albany, N.Y., only a few inches of snow fall in the month of November, but check out the graphic below just for fun of the top 10 November snowstorms on record in Albany. This storm is unlikely to make it into the top 10, but it could be close if the stars align.
The Friday morning commute looks to be slippery, some schools may delay and some activities may be postponed or canceled, so just keep checking in with us here at iBerkshires.com for the latest storm news.