Rain was beneficial but drought continues in western Mass.

Most of Hampden and Hampshire Counties are still in the Extreme Drought category

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The sun was back out but some pretty big puddles remained from the good soaking rain that fell across western Massachusetts on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Many areas picked up between 1 and 2.5 inches of rain. 

“I’m very thankful for the rain actually. I mean my yard needs it because there are a lot of dry spots, I mean it’s pretty good. I’d rather that than snow, “ said Leo Olbrych of Chicopee. 

“Even though we’re getting the rain now and people are saying thank God it’s rain and not snow it’s still gonna benefit our hearty rich soil we have here in western Mass,” said Jessica Wisniewski of Chicopee.

Despite the rain we are still experiencing a rainfall deficit of over 10.5 inches in the Springfield area for the year to date.

This has led to lower than normal water levels in many rivers and reservoirs. But with the rain we just got water levels along the Connecticut River are expected to rise about 2-4 feet as we head into the weekend.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor that came out on Thursday still has a good portion of western Massachusetts in the Extreme Drought Category.

Some good news though, now that the weather is cooler and the trees have lost their leaves they don’t need as much water as they did during the summer. And in some spots even though it’s now December the grass is looking pretty green. 

A Drought Warning still remains in effect for most of the state and many cities and towns still have water restrictions in place.

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