A snowstorm on the day before Thanksgiving last year

More than a foot of snow fell in parts of Hampshire and Franklin Counties

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s November 25th and the sun was shining and temperatures made it up into the mid and upper 40s. The weather made for good driving conditions on what is one of the busiest travel days of the year. 

But a year ago on the day before Thanksgiving traffic was barely moving. A November snowstorm made for white out conditions on the highways.

“Last year we were traveling from New Hampshire to Connecticut and I remember taking pictures as we were driving taking pictures of the snow pelting on our car window, being very treacherous on the way down to Connecticut,” said Yvonne Peters of Troy, New Hampshire. 

“Well I remember it because the kids had swimming lessons and we were driving all the way to Wilbraham and just trying to get home in the snow was just awful,” said Amy Williams of Belchertown.

The storm caused numerous accidents and the speed limit was reduced to 40 mph on the Mass Turnpike.

Four inches of snow fell in the Springfield area but over a foot of heavy wet snow fell in parts of Hampshire and Franklin Counties. More than 29,000 people lost power from the storm making it very difficult to cook their Thanksgiving turkeys.

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