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Severe T-Storms, Damaging Winds Moving Through Berkshires
10:20AM / Friday, May 15, 2020
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After two nights of frost, it was 61 degrees on Main Street in North Adams on Thursday night. 
 
You think, ahhh, spring has finally arrived! Warm evenings, buds popping, birds chirping. 
 
Well, the weather is never easy in the Berkshires. Yet another storm front will batter the region with torrential rain and damaging winds — but it will be warmer!
 
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is forecasting severe thunderstorms capable of damaging winds and hail Friday afternoon and the possibility of an isolated tornado. 
 
There will be scattered thunderstorms moving across the region between 1 and 5 and a much stronger line of storms that will cross the Berkshires during the evening until about 10 p.m.
 
"Thunderstorms will erupt Friday afternoon ahead of a cold front across parts of Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania and upstate New York then charge east and southeastward into portions of New England, the lower Hudson Valley and central and eastern Pennsylvania into the early evening hours," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Joe Lundberg said.
 
"The warmth and humidity that will help to fuel these strong storms will come just a day and half after widespread frost and even some freezes in parts of the interior Northeast."
 
This severe storm blast will be followed by plenty of sunshine this weekend and temperatures in the 70s in the region and higher to the south. Get out and about — but not too close — because another storm system will hit the region on Sunday night because another low pressure system will be parking itself over the region and bringing plenty of rain, especially in central and South Berkshire. 
 
"A key difference to this pattern from the pattern we're just exiting is that nighttime lows will be much warmer," said Lundberg. "It's not an Arctic air mass but rather a large pocket of cool and moist air, so frosts and freezes will not be a returning concern."
 
Lundberg says the weather conditions will improve toward Memorial Day weekend, the "unofficial start of summer," with warmer air and sunshine.
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