Temperatures in the Berkshires nudged above freezing as dawn broke on Tuesday, and forecasters scaled back their predictions of snow, sleet and ice.
Instead of the anticipated winter storm warning, the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., posted a winter weather advisory for the area until midnight tonight, with no more than an inch of two of snow predicted.
Some early-morning ice made side roads hazardous in parts of the county.
Most schools opened normally, but the Central Berkshire Regional School District declared a snow day, and the Gabriel Abbott Memorial School in the town of Florida also closed. The Adams-Cheshire district opened, as did the BART public charter school in Adams, but with a two-hour delay for both.
The Southern Berkshire Regional School District also opened with a two-hour delay.
Following a brief wintry mix in some parts of the county on Tuesday morning, a quick transition to rain was expected, according to meteorologist Brian Montgomery at the NWS.
The foul weather is being caused by a slow-moving coastal storm that formed off Cape Hatteras, N.C., and was expected to stall off the New Jersey shore by Tuesday night.
Apart from some heavy rain, the major impact on the county could be strong winds, with gusts of 25 to 40 miles per hour possible.
Because the storm will be slow to move out of the New York metro area, where it is expected to meander over the next several days, Montgomery stated that some sleet could develop Tuesday night, along with freezing rain or drizzle.
While the Berkshires are expected to escape the brunt of the storm, 6 to 12 inches of snow could fall in the Catskills, portions of upstate New York and the Adirondacks, as well as central and northern Vermont and New Hampshire.
On Wednesday night and Thursday, the remnants of the Noreaster could yield some light to moderate snow in Berkshire County, but forecasters said it was too early to pinpoint details. The weekend shapes up as dry with seasonable temperatures. However, sunshine will be scarce.