Worst is over, but snow will continue

Digging out from the storm in Belchertown. Photo sent to 22News by Joey Ribiero via Report It.
Digging out from the storm in Belchertown. Photo sent to 22News by Joey Ribiero via Report It.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled for all of western Massachusetts. The heaviest of the snow moved out of western Massachusetts, Wednesday evening, but continued to snow late Wednesday night.

WHAT TO EXPECT

22News Storm Team Meteorologist Brian Lapis says Thursday’s 7:00 a.m. temperatures will be in the teens. Watch out for icy surfaces. Plan on a mostly sunny day with some scattered clouds in the afternoon, and there will be a light breeze from the west.

The snow was falling at a rate of one to two inches per hour, and accumulated quickly. Click here to see a listing of snowfall totals across western Massachusetts that you sent us through our Report It feature.

Check out the latest 22News Storm Team Forecast for details on the amount of snow we are expected to receive, and what to expect for tomorrow.

EFFECTS OF THE STORM

Nearly all school districts in western Massachusetts cancelled classes for the day Wednesday, and numerous businesses, churches, civic organizations, and community centers have closed or cancelled activities as well. 22News is working for you with a listing of cancellations and delays.

You can sign up for school closing text alerts by clicking here.

Many communities in our region also have parking bans in effect. Check out the complete list.

ROAD DIFFICULTIES

Governor Deval Patrick was advising you to stay off the roadways if at all possible, and ordered all non-essential executive branch employees to stay home from work for the day. Several city and town halls also shut down for the day.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation had some 3,448 crews out clearing highways statewide. If you are driving, you are reminded to stay at least 200 feet behind any plows, and yield to them as they do their work.

The speed limit on the Massachusetts Turnpike was reduced to 40 miles per hour from the New York state line in West Stockbridge, all the way to the Allston tolls in Boston. Propane tankers and tandem trailers are also banned from the roadway.

AIRPORT TROUBLES

Most flights at Bradley International Airport were cancelled Wednesday morning, and the cancellations are continuing. If you are planning to fly, be sure to check your flight status ahead of time.

REPORT IT TO 22NEWS!

In addition to our live team coverage of this storm, we have been getting a lot of contributions from you, our viewers. People communicating with us through our Report It feature have been sending in their snowfall totals all morning. Check out the complete list of totals.

You have also been sending in a lot of pictures of this snowstorm. From animals in the snow to snowy streetscapes, see them in our photo gallery.

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