CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts is right on the northern edge of what is being called the “Blizzard of 2016.” The snow has really focused (and will be focusing on) the Mid-Atlantic States, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, parts of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and parts of eastern Massachusetts.
Being on the northern edge of this system still leaves some uncertainty because even the slightest movement northward could change just how much snow western Massachusetts could see and when.
The storm has sped up and even intensified Friday evening where it actually made it to New Jersey an hour or two earlier than expected. This will allow for western Massachusetts to see some flakes earlier in the day as well.
For now, the forecast continues to stay on track, where western Massachusetts starts off dry under mostly cloudy skies (putting in the possibility of flurries during the morning hours). By early afternoon, places closest to the Connecticut border (southeastern Hampden and Hampshire Countie) could start to see some light snow. This snow really has a tough time moving north throughout the day. However, we are keeping the chance for some light flurries or a dusting for parts of Franklin and Berkshire County. Light snow continues until late this evening and the early part of the night, where some of us could possibly see some flurries before midnight. Today will also be a windy day with winds from the northeast at 15-20 MPH, and possibly gusts up to 30 MPH. After midnight the winds will be diminishing and skies will actually be turning partly cloudy.
**The steadiest snow will be in central and eastern Hampden County on Saturday and southeastern parts of Hampshire county, where 1-3 inches of accumulation is likely. The “jackpot” amounts will probably be in places like Monson, Hampden, and Brimfield. North & west of Springfield & Chicopee. The rest of the Pioneer Valley and parts of Berkshire County could see a dusting to an inch of snow.
Stay with the 22News Storm Team as they continue to track the chance for snow.
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