Springfield remembers 2013 blizzard

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – What a difference a year makes. On Sunday, the sun was shining and melting snow as ladies walked, unicyclists rode and families enjoyed the outdoors.

“It’s just been great being able to come out and enjoy Forest Park today and go for a walk with the dogs. It’s beautiful,” Liz Kelly of Springfield told 22News.

It was quite different from this same day, February 9, in 2013, when more than two feet of snow fell in less than 24 hours.

“I just remember how crazy it was. Supposed to be a nice cool day and all the sudden we get feet of snow and it’s amazing how that year was compared to this year. It’s just night and day,” said Robert Cote of Springfield.

Shalaine Norcott can attest to that now, on her baby girl’s first birthday. While most people were waiting out the storm inside last year, baby Kennedy decided it was time to come out. A plow had to pave a way for the ambulance to even get to the house.

“Kind of think oh God am I going to have the baby out here in the middle of nowhere and the EMT, I could actually hear him say, ‘Oh, I can’t see anything,” recalled Norcott.

22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin said unlike the snow showers we’ve had this year, the winter of 2013 was pretty quiet, until the blizzard.

“At times, it was considered a blizzard which is actually very difficult to achieve here inland. You get much more wind by the coastal areas in Mass which means a blizzard can be more likely,” said 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin.

A blizzard, to put things into perspective as we await another possible couple inches of snow.