CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A large snowstorm could dump more than a foot and a half of snow across our region, and it just may set records. The biggest snow storm we had in the last 70 years was in 1949, where we had 22 inches of snow in the lower Pioneer Valley.
More recently, our mid-January storm in 2011 brought 19 inches of snow making it our 4th biggest storm.
Top 5 Snowstorms in the past 70 Years in the lower Pioneer Valley:
- Feb 28-Mar 1, 1949: 22″
- Feb 15-16, 1958: 20″
- Feb 5, 2001: 19.4″
- Jan 12, 2011: 19″
- Jan 7-8, 1996: 18.8″
If you’re confused as to why the legendary “Blizzard of ’78“ is not on the list, it is because the storm had a much larger impact on places to our south and east. While more than 40 inches of snow fell in parts of Rhode Island, only 14.5″ fell in Springfield.