CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’ve been enjoying the mild air western Massachusetts has been feeling, you can thank the jet stream; a narrow band of fast moving air currents thousands of feet up in the atmosphere, steering high above New England bringing down all of this warm air.
After Thursday’s rain, we got around a quarter of an inch of rain, but if it was cold enough that day how much snow would we have seen?
The rain/snow ratio relies a lot on temperature. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on average about 13 inches of snow equals one inch of rain in the United States. However, this ratio can vary depending on if there is sleet, ice, and the type of snow that is falling (powder, wet, etc).
Temperature plays a huge role. So depending on what the temperature would have been Thursday would determine how much snow we would have gotten. If it was say 30 degrees Fahrenheit we would have seen around 2 inches of snow.
Looking back on how much snow we have seen this past winter season breaks down like this:
December we got .8 inches of snow and our average is 11 inches
January we got .5 inches of snow and our average is 13.6 inches
February (we caught up) and go 10.75 inches of snow and our average is 11.8 inches
March is “snowless” mainly because of the warm temperatures we have been getting. Average snowfall for March is around 8 inches.
March is still not over and if temperatures take that dip, we could still see some snow.
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