WMass enjoys the warmest day of 2015 so far

Warm, dry weather has kept our flood threat low, but our brush fire risk high.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After a cold and snowy winter, western Massachusetts was treated to a warm start to the weekend. It’s just what we’ve been waiting for, sunshine and temperatures in the 70s.

The warmth we enjoyed on Saturday actually made it the warmest day of 2015, so far. On only our second day in the 70s this year, people came outside to enjoy it.

Mike Darby of Longmeadow told 22News, “It’s wonderful. To be finally out in some sunshine and I noticed about three days ago that big pile of snow is finally gone from my house. This is perfect; having these 70 degree temperatures makes it all worth while”

For others, the cold winter is still in the back of their minds. “Coming out of this winter I had PTSD from the weather. This is just your whole body, your whole mind, your whole soul, the animals, everybody just lights up on this kind of a day. It’s just spectacular. “It’s been a long winter. I’m excited. I’ve got my daughter molly here with me just to feed the ducks you know?” said Kathy Burroughs of Longmeadow.

This relatively dry stretch of weather this week has been helpful for our spring flooding threat. The rivers around western Massachusetts have swelled up, but we haven’t had any flood warnings in western Massachusetts yet this spring.

Mike Egan of Suffield told 22News, “After our week of warm temperatures, the snow to our north has been melting and trickling into the Connecticut River and that’s why it’s running high now. It’s not flooding yet thanks to the fact that we haven’t had heavy rain along with the warm air.”

While the dry weather has kept rivers mostly within their banks, the lack of rain has brought brush fire concerns back to western Massachusetts.

This brush fire in Monson on Thursday was one of a few brush fires in this part of the state over the past several days. Rain early next week should reduce the fire threat.

More Information:
– Local Forecast – Severe WX Text Alerts
– Temperatures – Severe WX Email Alerts
– Weather News – Live Area Webcams
– Interactive Radar – Winter Safety Checklist
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