CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Nor’easter is making for slow travel all across the northeastern United States today, and western Massachusetts is no exception. Wednesday is a 22News Storm Team Severe Weather Alert Day, and 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Ashley Baylor says that the region can expect anywhere from 4-8″ of snow in the lower Pioneer Valley to 6-10″ of snow in the upper Valley, the Hilltowns of western Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties, and the Berkshires.
Several school districts have cancelled classes for the day, and local communities have instituted parking bans.
Snow began steadily falling during the late morning hours, with the snow sticking to the roads and making for difficult travel. Traffic has been backed up on the Mass Pike between Exit 3 in Westfield and Exit 2 in Lee, with the greatest slowdowns on the westbound side, from Blandford to Becket. The speed limit on the entire Turnpike from Ludlow to the New York state line in West Stockbridge is down to 40 miles per hour.
There are also slowdowns on I-91, particularly on the southbound side between Exit 18 in Northampton and Exit 17 in Holyoke.
As previously mentioned, this a 22News Storm Team Severe Weather Alert Day.
The 22News Storm Team wants to warn you about inclement weather that could impact your daily life or travel plans in plenty of time, so before a storm hits, listen for our meteorologists to call for a “22News Storm Severe Weather Alert Day”.
An alert day will be issued if our meteorologists expect:
- Widespread severe thunderstorms
- A Severe Thunderstorm Watch or Tornado Watch
- Widespread flash flooding
- More than 5″ of snow
- More than 1/2″ of freezing rain/ice
- Wind chills -20° or colder
- A heat wave
- Sustained winds over 30 MPH