Why parts of western Massachusetts ended up with more snow

It looked more like December and not the Friday before Halloween in some areas

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – In October we usually expect to see frost on the pumpkin, not snow, but parts of western Massachusetts woke up to snow on the ground Friday morning.

In Westfield it looked more like December and not the Friday before Halloween.

“It was great, I would have liked more but it was very quick. So I think it’s going to be a very cold winter this year,” said Steven Reyes of West Springfield.

Some areas picked up more than four inches of snow. And the snow was slow to change over to rain here in western Massachusetts because the cold air got trapped in the valley.

Snowfall totals from Thursday’s first snow of the season

While the snow did pile up and did cause some problems, it was nothing like what we had to deal with five years ago.

On October 29, 2011 western Massachusetts was hit by a crippling snowstorm sometimes referred to as the 2011 Halloween Nor’easter. Heavy wet snow accumulated on the trees that still had their leaves.

“I remember that Halloween was canceled and I had to bring my two girls to the Holyoke Mall for trick or treating along with it seemed like the rest of western Mass. it was devastating… but all the limbs it was just a complete mess for all we had to deal with so I don’t think we’ll ever forget it,” said Jennifer Poulin of West Springfield.

“Oh yeah the trees were down on the road and highways and slowed traffic, bumper to bumper traffic it was really a mess back then,” said Alex Robertson of West Springfield.

Fortunately the storm we just had wasn’t as bad as the one five years ago.

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