SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – It wasn’t the easiest weather to start off your work week. Most of western Massachusetts was under a winter weather advisory for Monday morning and there was something on the windshields in Franklin County to start the day.
“Oh just sloppy stuff. The only thing that’s really good is it wasn’t ice. That’s what we were really afraid of…We were unsure whether we were going to get buried in snow or just wetness and it’s kind of the best right now because it’s melting off pretty quickly,” said Tom Miner from Shelburne Falls.
Some residents of Shelburne Falls woke up to a slushy, icy accumulation on their cars and even some grassy surfaces.
Early in the morning, at the onset of the storm, temperatures from the surface through most of the atmosphere were below freezing allowing a mixture of snow and sleet to fall from the sky. With temperatures at the ground not that cold, only the coldest surfaces held onto a coating, like cars and roof shingles.
While the rain the rest of the day kept many people indoors, there was a sense of optimism with just over a month left until winter.
“It’s better than snow. A quarter inch of rain could be six inches of snow possibly? So we don’t need that yet,” said Todd Pease from Buckland.
A typical November averages a couple inches of snow, so far most neighborhoods have only picked up a coating.