SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a pretty cold March with record cold readings at the beginning of the month and we picked up five and a half inches of snow during March. It was a nice start to April. We saw plenty of sunshine with temperatures up in the 40’s.
Eighteen years ago it was a very different story. Western Massachusetts was hit by the April Fool’s Snowstorm of 1997. Heavy wet snow brought down trees and power lines all across the area. However, this year, after a long harsh winter, the snow is slowly but surely melting away. With all the melting snow our attention turns from the snow to flooding which is typical this time of year.
Right now, most river levels are running about normal or even a little bit below, but there is still a lot of snow on the ground to our north. That melting snow in Vermont and New Hampshire along with heavy rain would likely cause the Connecticut River to rise leading to flooding.
Most people are just looking forward to nicer spring weather. “I’m ready for sun, gentle breezes not too hot but a lot warmer than we’ve had. Pleasant weather where we don’t have to layer up so much,” said Lisa Kelly of Longmeadow.
“I think 50 degrees and sunny would be awesome anything from there but just some sunshine and above 32 is great right now,” said Chris Dygon of Springfield.
Our average high temperature for the beginning of April is 52 degrees but by the end of the month our average high is 64 degrees.
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