Wintry weather begins a possibly snow-filled week

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s been snowing all day and this is only the beginning of a week that could have plenty of snow in it.

This wet snow has been accumulating most of the day as you can see, but there were not any advisories or warnings issued for Monday.

For a winter weather advisory, more than 3 inches of snow or sleet is expected, but less than 6 inches will fall in a 12 hour period. Either that or there could be blowing snow or ice.

More serious than an advisory is a winter storm warning which means that 6 inches or more of snow or sleet is expected to fall within a 12 hour period, or 8 inches or more in 24 hours.

Thomas Pitts of Southwick told 22News, “For me a warning is worse. I think that’s when it’s going to actually be happening, where a watch is “they’re not too certain.”

That’s right, a watch is issued usually 36 hours or more in advance with the possibility that the warning criteria could be met. That watch could then turn into a Winter Weather advisory for less snow, or a winter storm warning for more snow.

All of western Massachusetts is under a winter storm watch for snow potential late Tuesday into Wednesday.

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