CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Very cold temperatures Tuesday morning have set new records in western Massachusetts.
At the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, the previous record low for February 24 was -5º set back in 1948. Tuesday morning, our official low dropped to -19º without much of a wind chill.
This morning’s new record low would be the fifth new record low set this February. So far, Hartford and Worcester are on pace for the coldest February ever, with Boston having it’s second-coldest February ever.
In weather situations such as this, it’s the towns and cities in a valley that are typically coldest. They are usually the most sheltered from wind, which allows temperatures to drop to near the dew point. Wind can help mix the air and keep temperatures from dropping in areas less sheltered from wind.
The coldest temperature we’ve ever had in February was -19º, which happened three times: in 1991, today, and this past Saturday morning.
The coldest EVER temperature recorded in Chicopee was -22º on January 22, 1961.
Light winds will provide an added wind chill this morning, eventually temperatures will head into the mid teens this afternoon.
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