Why more snow falls in the Berkshires, Hilltowns

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RUSSELL, Mass. (WWLP) -As you may know, the weather can be quite different in the Pioneer Valley than it is in the hills or the Berkshires. Some storms may dump significantly more snow over communities such as Russell, Blandford, Otis, and Pittsfield than they do over lower-lying areas such as Springfield and Northampton.

This is typically because of two factors: temperature and lift. Temperatures are typically cooler in the hills of the Berkshires, which means that snow can accumulate faster.

With this particular storm, temperature differences in the valley versus the hills won’t make a huge difference in snowfall, yet what could make the difference is that sometimes as snow heads over the hills, extra moisture gets pulled out of the clouds, increasing snow amounts.

The 22News Storm Team is predicting anywhere from 8” to 12” of snow in western portions of Hampden and Hampshire Counties, and all of Franklin and Berkshire Counties, with 6-10” of snow projected for eastern and central portions of Hampden and Hampshire Counties. Click here for a look at our snowfall map.

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