Winter anxiety building for some in New England

The warm temperatures have been nice but it has some people feeling anxious about winter.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The warm temperatures have been nice but it has some people feeling anxious about winter. 22News is working for you with why you shouldn’t feel anxious.

Some people have “winter anxiety” over not seeing snowfall yet, and what it means for this winter.

No one can control the weather. Some people worry that because we haven’t seen any snowfall, if that means the atmosphere is “building up,” and a major blizzard is on the way. That is not how the atmosphere works.

It’s not out of the ordinary to see slightly warmer temperatures here and there in December but it is a little unusal to see above average temperatures for a long period of time.

Most people by now have heard of El Nino. And we have seen El Nino’s effects in the south where they’ve had record flooding, and out west where they’ve had a lot of snow.

Here in New England, we are seeing just… slight effects. You can blame New England’s mild temperatures on the jet stream bringing in warm air.

Joan Polidoro, from Wilbraham, told 22News, “We absolutely love it well I don’t dislike snow but I don’t like the freezing rain and ice and everything that comes with it.”

Plant growth and even weeds have been able to continue to thrive in these warmer temperatures.

Springfield Landscaper Stephen Roberts spoke with 22News adding, “I was pulling some weeds yesterday that were growing in some beds that typically wouldn’t be growing so the weed growth is there and probably be more so in the spring once it really starts to warm up.”

So far, there is still no snow in sight for western Massachusetts.

Stay with the 22News Storm Team as they continue this upcoming winter season.

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