With forecasters still trying to zero in on the facts and figures for our winter storm coming this weekend, they're in general agreement on two things: there will be considerable snow in the Berkshires, and it will be bitterly cold once the storm passes late Sunday into Monday.  The picture painted by the National Weather Service in Albany can be seen here.

Monday's highs are only expected in the single digits. The only consolation may be the fact that Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday. So the kids will be home from school, post offices will be closed so mail carriers will not be on their routes, even BRTA drivers can stay warm at home as the bus service will not run for the holiday.

Federal, state & municipal offices will be closed, as will banks and libraries. Other agencies, offices and private businesses may also be closed for the holiday. All probably a good thing as the reduced traffic should allow crews more room to navigate the cleanup. And I think we're all going to need some extra time after this one.