Surprise! Winter still has some bite to it.
But a light to moderate snowfall in western New England on Friday morning is expected to taper off quickly, said John Quinlan, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.
No winter weather advisories are being issued for Berkshire County and southern Vermont, he explained, because snowfall totals are expected to be no more than two inches in most areas — short of the four-inch threshold for an advisory.
"The snow is moving east and should be over by midday," he said as a coastal storm pummels eastern Massachusetts with an expected 6 to 12 inches of snow. Central portions of the state, including Springfield and the Pioneer Valley, could see 4-6 inches.
AccuWeather.com predicted nearly 3 inches of snow for the Berkshires on Friday, slightly less for Bennington County, Vermont, and closer to 4 inches for Windham County in southeastern Vermont, including the Brattleboro area.
Motorists bound for school or work found some slick spots on Friday morning, though the recent mild spell made it easier for highway crews to clear major roadways.
Anyone craving a more significant snowstorm has an eye on the sky for next Tuesday, when a coastal storm may brush the area, or even come closer.
But Quinlan said computer models are all over the map, making it difficult if not impossible to predict timing and accumulations just yet.
At AccuWeather, forecasters are tracking the coastal storm and a second storm emerging from the Midwest and the Great Lakes. Whichever one becomes dominant will determine how much snow western New England gets on Tuesday and Wednesday, Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams stated in a mid-morning web posting.