Here we go again. Another seemingly big snow storm is heading for the Berkshires. The County could see upwards of a foot of snow from the slow-moving storm that’s expected to begin Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service in Albany has posted a winter storm warning for Western Massachusetts, southern Vermont and Northwestern Connecticut that will be in effect from 7am Wednesday through 7pm Thursday. Forecasters are warning of snow accumulations of between 13 and 17 inches with localized amounts up to 20 inches.

Travel during the evening commute on Wednesday especially is expected to be difficult to near impossible. Of course, there is also the possibility of isolated to scattered power outages.

Don't forget... gas up the snowblower, get that extra shovel ready for your kid, by some ice melt, and stock the fridge.


Cause Of Burke Ave Fire Determined

A fire on Burke Avenue on Sunday that left five city residents homeless was started by improper disposal of burning incense. The Berkshire Eagle reports that according to Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski, investigators traced the origin of the fire to the area of a wastebasket where a resident said he had disposed of the incense.

One firefighter was treated at Berkshire Medical Center for a knee injury and released, according to Czerwinski, and another suffered minor injuries, but was not transported to the hospital. Two residents also were also treated according to Deputy Fire Chief Matt Noyes.

Just before 6 p.m., several 911 calls reported that flames were coming from the front of the duplex at 125/127 Burke Ave. The residence was heavily damaged and the occupants lost nearly all their possessions.


Compact Signed With State Cultural Commission

The City of Pittsfield has taken a big step for artists and cultural development with the signing of compact on Monday that brings together local and state cultural resources. The Upstreet Cultural District, Pittsfield Cultural Council, the city of Pittsfield and the Massachusetts Cultural Council signed the agreement that seeks to align the city's cultural activities with its economic development and more deeply embed arts and culture for the betterment of Pittsfield.

Jen Glockner, Director of Cultural Pittsfield, told the Berkshire News Network last week that Pittsfield is one of six pilot cities for this initiative across the state of Massachusetts. The program was established by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Compact will spotlight and support projects with local artists and the community-at-large. It includes basics, such as regular meetings and communication, but also Pittsfield-specific goals like creating an artist-led/community made public art installation.