Coldest air of the season arrives in western Massachusetts

Below freezing temperatures are possible by Monday morning.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Gusty winds on Sunday really didn’t help improve the already chilly air.

With temperatures in the 60s and 70s the past several days, Sunday’s blustery weather brought chilly temperatures to western Massachusetts a little early. Sunday’s high temperatures barely in the 50s marked the arrival of the coldest air we’ve had so far this season, with high temperatures ten degrees colder than normal. Temperatures this chilly become normal by mid-November, not mid-October.

The wind didn’t help, at times on Sunday gusty winds over 20 miles per hour brought the first daytime wind chills of the season, making it feel about 5 degrees colder than it actually was outside.

“Very, very chilly. I was actually kind of taken aback it was chilly and the wind was blowing. The leaves were coming down it felt like fall…Everybody’s bundled up, you can see everybody in the park, they’re all bundled up and getting ready for the cold weather,” said Beth Barkyoumb from Springfield.

Others didn’t mind the cold temperatures as much, as long as it’s not permanent.

“I think they’re wonderful as long as it’s temporary. If we can get back to the way we were and stay that way through winter that would be good,” said Alan Michon from Chicopee.

The wind and cold didn’t just affect people. The gusty winds will take a lot of the leaves out of the trees and bring them to the ground. Over the coming week, peak foliage will be arriving to the leaves in the lower pioneer valley, for the leaves left on the trees, that is.

Temperatures could drop into the 20s early Monday morning with Freeze Warnings issued for Hampshire and Hampden Counties signalling a likely end to the growing season there.

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