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Snow on the Way; Preview for Southern Vermont on Wednesday
Staff Reports,
07:41PM / Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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The weather's been relatively mild since that short time in the deep freeze a couple weeks ago. That looks to end this weekend as a major storm system leaves a mess across the nation and shifts into New England and temperature begin to dip. 
But before we get to Friday night we have to get through Wednesday. A storm moving to the north should miss most of the South Berkshire on Wednesday night but with a winter weather advisory posted for Southern Vermont, it's likely some of this could mean an snowy commute for North County.
The National Weather Service's Albany, N.Y., has issued the advisory beginning Wednesday at 10 p.m. through Thursday at 7 p.m. Snowfall across much of Vermont could reach 3 to 5 inches with more expected in the higher elevations, along with gusty winds. 
"Plan on slippery road conditions. Both falling and patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute," NWS says. 
With any luck, our region shouldn't be hit too hard but the weekend is shaping up to be a stormy one. Accuweather says this storm arrived as a "bomb cyclone" along the Pacific Coast and will still pack a powerful wallop as it dumps up to a foot of snow over the Berkshires and Southern Vermont. 
"Warm air and a delayed start to the storm will likely be a significant player and limit the duration of the snow and wintry mix period from northern and western Virginia to southeastern New England," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek said. "In these marginal temperature areas, the snow has only a few hours or less to do the job."
Greylock Snow Day is seeing some differences between the European and American models for the weekend storm, citing the U.S. model with 6 to 8 inches for North County and the European with 7 inches or more across the county and closer to a foot for Vermont. 
"The timing is still Saturday afternoon into the overnight hours. And it should be a fast mover," the blog writes. 
What will return for the last weeks of January is colder temperatures. Accuweather says the above-average temperatures we've been having (up to 60 degrees a few days) will be a memory as polar vortex pushes the jet stream further south.
"The upcoming cold could be enough to shock Northeasterners who are riding a temperature roller coaster this week," says Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist. 
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