Wintry mix possible in western Mass. on Thursday

The chance for snow is a reminder that winter is not too far away

OTIS, Mass, (WWLP) – The chance for snow Thursday is a solid reminder that winter is not too far away. 22News to Otis Wednesday to find out how residents are getting ready for the next season.

Last week, most residents in western Massachusetts were wearing short sleeves when temperatures were in the 70’s, but colder air pushed in over the weekend, and now some of us are getting ready for accumulating snow.

October can be a wacky weather month. Even though the threat is low, we’re still in Hurricane season until November 30th. Depending on the temperatures, October can be a rainy, stormy month like we saw in 2014 when a powerful micro-burst devastated the Easthampton side of Mt. Tom.

When its cold, some of us remember the October snow storm of 2011. Snow in October is not out of the question, average snowfall amounts in October is 10th of an inch.

22News went to Otis in the Berkshires where Bruce’s Hardware Store was taking fall products off the shelf and putting up the winter supplies. Bruce Taylor, owner of Bruce’s Hardware, told 22News, “Putting heating type products out, anything to help homeowners sustain their properties during ice events, people are sealing up their cottages, window tightening anywhere the cold air can get in.”

Higher elevations have the Berkshires seeing winter weather sooner than the Pioneer Valley. Otis residents typically expect snow over rain when temps fall into the 30.s.

One resident told 22News, “Going down into Westfield on 23, you’ll have snow up here at the top of the hill and typically there is a ten degree difference throughout the season, so if their in the 40s were in the 30s and they will get rain and we’ll see snow.”

The Berkshires have the best chance of seeing accumulating snow Thursday.

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