"So when did they start naming winter storms, anyway?", asks Marjo on Monday. "I think sometime last decade", replies Slater.

So, we found out JUST the Weather Channel does, and it was 2012.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration doesn't give storms names (like they do for hurricanes), but the Weather Channel does. The Weather Channel began naming winter storms during the 2012 to 2013 winter. Since then, the Weather Channel has named more than 140 winter storms. -cincinnati.com

Anyway... It's February 1 and The Berkshires are under a winter storm warning! Winter Storm Orlena. Here's the latest from The Weather Channel.

Monday:

Cloudy with snow. High 27F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.

Monday Night:

Cloudy with snow. Low 26F. Winds NE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 100%. Snow accumulating 3 to 5 inches. Higher wind gusts possible.

Tuesday:

Variable clouds with snow showers. High 31F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 60%. About one inch of snow expected.

This Nor' Easter is more of a mid-atlantic storm, so it seems the totals have been backed down a bit from Monday morning. 6-12 inches is the wide-ranging forecast for this system.

A snow emergency for Pittsfield is in effect until Wednesday.

Also, Tuesday is Groundhog Day! Will Punxsutawney Phil call for more winter or an early spring?

The forecast calls for mostly cloudy conditions tomorrow in Punxsutawney, PA. So... no shadow and maybe an early spring?

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