The National Weather Service office in Albany NY has bumped up the Berkshires and Southern Vermont to a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from 1 P.M. this afternoon to 7 A.M. Wednesday.

The warning says we can expect total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, with the biggest snow totals in higher elevations. Many local forecasters are calling for snowfalls to wind up in the area of 6 inches, give or take a couple, depending on location. Snow should begin around midday and become moderate to heavy this evening into the overnight period before ending by daybreak Wednesday. Snowfall rates could reach 1 inch per hour tonight making travel very difficult.

Snowfall numbers generally have been trending downward since Monday's early forecasts of up to a possible foot of snow. Ever though totals may not be extreme, the timing may cause travel troubles as we head into tonight, with temperatures falling below freezing and staying there for the next few days. Thursday's highs are still expected to be only in the single digits.