CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Here we go again, western Massachusetts is being eased in to another snow storm, this one different than the rest.
Snow started out light, with flurries Saturday morning, but this prolonged snow storm is expected to last through Monday. The reason we’re getting snow for so many days in a row has to do with the jet stream, which is an area of strong winds high in the sky. The jet stream separates cold air to the north from warmer air to the south and guides storm systems around the country. Through early next week the jet stream will stay close enough to western Massachusetts to bring prolonged snow to the area, and as the jet stream starts to dip near New England on Monday that will allow the storm to strengthen and bring the heaviest snow our way. More snow on top of what we already have.
Sr. Joyce Wyse of Chicopee told 22News, “Enough is enough, I’ve had it, I’ve had it.”
Roger Poirier of Chicopee told 22News, “Too much at one time, too much. You can’t keep up with it. They don’t know where to keep the snow. The banks are high you can’t even see where you’re going anywhere. It’s very bad.”
Looking around you at all the massive snow piles everywhere, we hardly have a place to put it, you might think we’re in for a record setting winter. But actually, if you add up all the snowfall we’ve had since October, the numbers so far are pretty close to normal.
While snowfall amounts differ from town to town, in Chicopee we’ve recorded 32.5 inches of snow since October. Normal winter snowfall through February 7th is 30 inches, just 2.5 inches less than what we have outside.
The reason this year seems so bad is because our biggest storms have come so close together, without any melting in between.
Jeff Fournier of Southampton told 22News, “Now it’s just a hassle trying to get everywhere, trying to be where we need to be, when we need to be there and go out and do what we want to do.”
In an average year, we see 48 inches of snow in the lower Pioneer Valley.