Groundhog Day snowstorm bringing heavy snow to WMass

Close to a foot of snow expected across most of western Mass.

Jackknifed truck at the entrance to the French King Bridge. Image courtesy: Brandy via Report It.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News Storm Team has declared today a Severe Weather Alert Day with significant snow falling all over western Massachusetts.

Snow began near midnight as a light snow, but has picked up in intensity. The heaviest snow will fall from through 3pm before tapering off to lighter snow and snow showers from late afternoon into the evening.

Jackknifed truck at the entrance to the French King Bridge. Image courtesy: Brandy via Report It.
Jackknifed truck at the entrance to the French King Bridge. Image courtesy: Brandy via Report It.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has a speed restriction of 40 mph along the Mass. Pike. Meanwhile, there have been numerous accidents and spin-outs on the highways, Peter Pan Bus Lines has cancelled service north of New York City, and a majority of flights at Bradley International Airport are either cancelled or delayed.

Because of the difficult travel conditions, many schools, public services, and businesses are closed for the day. Click here for a complete listing.

We expect 6-12″ of snow throughout western Massachusetts, with most communities on the upper end of that range. There will be the potential for some areas to pick up a little over a foot of snow.

Still, this is a significant snow storm and for many we will see more snow today than we saw with our storm last week.

Timing:

  • Heavy snow through 1pm.
  • Mid-Afternoon-Evening: Light snow and snow showers.

Snowfall:

  • 6-12″ for all of western Massachusetts
  • A few isolated areas could exceed 12″
  • Light/fluffy snow

22News will show you what conditions are like on the ground and as the snow tapers off on 22News starting at 5:00 p.m.

Here’s your latest 22News Storm Team Forecast.

Don’t forget to send us pictures and snowfall reports to reportit@wwlp.com.

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