UPDATE: The National Weather Service has upgraded their forecast to a Winter Storm Warning for the Berkshires from 1 P.M. Saturday to 7 A.M. Sunday, resulting in possible snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches, and the area's ski resort operators most likely couldn't be more thrilled.

That's because the storm's timing puts it in the middle of Martin Luther King Weekend, traditionally a big ski weekend.Temperatures heading into the weekend turned sharply colder, so resorts are putting snow-making equipment to good use. And when the natural snow arrives,storm totals aren't expected to be travel-cripplers. As of Friday afternoon, weather.com's ski & snowboard forecast page was showing a forecast of about 6 inches of snow Saturday for Berkshire East.

The storm is also expected to be a quick-hitter, with leftover snow showers possible Sunday, partly cloudy skies for the Monday holiday, and wintry temperatures throughout the weekend.

Winter sport fans are lucky to have many options right here in our Berkshire backyards. If you're reading this from a distance, come on up, the weather's fine!