History of snow on Thanksgiving

22News Storm Team Meteorologist Adam Strzempko takes a look back at when we actually had some early holiday snow!

(WWLP) – We’ve had all kinds of Thanksgiving weather over the years here in western Massachusetts.

Heavy wet snow fell two years ago on the day before Thanksgiving, causing very slow going and accidents on what is one of the busiest travel days of the year.

For us here in western Massachusetts, it isn’t all that unusual for us to have snow on or around Thanksgiving. On average, we see our first inch of snowfall in the Springfield area around November 23rd.

“Many years ago and we got plastered with snow  and it was quite a job just trying to get out and get the area plowed so we could maneuver so I remember that,” said William Clark of Springfield.

“Many years I remember snow, sledding for the kids always a lot of fun for them, not as much fun for the adults,” said Karen Weaver of Longmeadow.

” I don’t remember when exactly, but I do remember we had a lot of snow. I like snow around the holidays I think it’s pretty. I think it’s nice,” said Maryanne Roblinski of East Longmeadow.

We have had snowstorms on Thanksgiving Day. One of the biggest snowstorms occurred on Thanksgiving in 1989. Here in Western Massachusetts we picked up about 6 inches of snow from that storm.

Our Average high temperatures for Thanksgiving Day is around 45 degrees. Over the last four years you can see temperatures have been down in the 30s in some years, but on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 it was 55 degrees and last Thanksgiving was mild as well the high temperature of 56 degrees.