Motorists can expect an icy commute Monday morning as snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected to make for treacherous driving conditions in the Berkshire region.

The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory from 10 p.m. Sunday until noon on Monday in Massachusetts and until 6 p.m. on Monday for Southern Vermont. The advisory spans the Berkshires, Southern Vermont, the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, and the Mohawk Valley, Shoharie Valley, Albany, the eastern Catskills, the Taconics, and the mid-Hudson Valley in New York.

The storm system that froze over the nation's mid-section from Texas to the Great Lakes this weekend will begin to affect the Northeast from midnight Sunday through Monday night, according to the National Weather Service office in Albany, N.Y.

NWS meteorologist Brian Frugis says a secondary storm will spin off the main one, forming off the Atlantic Coast and tracking in a northeasterly direction, bringing a mixed-bag of precipitation.

"The amounts will be on the light side, but we'll see different types, starting off as snow mixing with or changing to sleet and freezing rain around daybreak," he said late Sunday afternoon.

While the hilltowns may see more than the predicted 1-3 inches of snow and sleet, all the Berkshires and Southern Vermont should see a change over to freezing rain and/or rain.

"It will be colder in the higher terrain, but by [Monday] afternoon, all areas will be above freezing," said Frugis.

Once the storm clears out, an arctic blast will grip the area for the remainder of the week.


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By Wednesday, forecasters expect daytime highs expected in the low to mid-20s, overnight lows flirting with the zero-degree mark.