Early outlook for April weather looks cooler

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – What a difference a day makes. Monday some of us woke up to snow. Tuesday: Mid 50s!

April is starting off warmer than normal, something we couldn’t say much last month.

“Certain days the cold was really penetrating and that’s probably the most difficult month because you know it’s getting close, but they were teaching us one final lesson,” said Dick Barker from Springfield.

March was definitely cold, high temperatures were 5 degrees colder than normal and our nights were almost 10 degrees colder than normal.

March ended with about a month’s rainfall in just three days. Almost 4 inches of rain swelled our rivers, streams and creeks, in a month that really didn’t have much snow.

Less than half an inch of snow fell in March in the lower Pioneer Valley, much less than a normal March which typically has over 8 inches of it.

And while it seemed like we had a lot of snow during our snowfall season, we were actually slightly lower than normal…But now we can look forward to April.

“There’s always something about a new month. A new day. I think March and the whole winter is behind us. I think we are in for some nice weather now,” said Peter Camyre from Wilbraham.

Average highs in April reach almost 60 degrees, usually we get less than two inches of snow with almost four inches of rain.

Also, the days keep getting longer, by the end of the month we’ll be able to enjoy an hour and 18 minutes more daylight.

Problem is, the outlook for April from the Climate Prediction Center is for the northern half of the country, including New England, to stay cooler than normal.

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