Close to average snowfall for western Massachusetts

Close to ten inches have fallen already

Downtown Westfield's Clock Tower covered in snow, December 17th, 2016

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Its not even winter yet, and not one, not two, not three, but now four snow storms have hit western Massachusetts. Most western Massachusetts residents might say “this is typical New England!” But, compared to last December, it’s already been a busy month.

Last December, western Massachusetts saw less than an inch of snow. This December, we have already seen a little over 10 inches and our average snowfall total for December is 11 inches.

Saturday’s snow storm was by far the largest snowfall of the month. Places in the valley, such as Granby and West Springfield, saw a little over 6 inches of snow. This month’s storms might have been small in comparison to other years, but they were enough to make a difference in your daily routine. Saturday’s storm seem to really make an impact on commuters the weekend before the holidays.

Michelle Haring, from Westfield, told 22News, “We had to pull over and get the ice off our windshield, we saw one person do a 180, there were people who were stuck on State Street, there were people who were stuck, it wasn’t well plowed.”

Some residents, though, are looking are the bright side.

Richard Deleonardis told 22News, “It wasn’t too bad. It could have been a lot worse. It could have been a heavier snow, but it was light and fluffy, and it’s good for the skiers.”

Last winter, western Massachusetts was dealing with the effects of El Nino, bringing mild and dry air to New England. This winter is not looking as dry and mild as last year. Winter officially starts this Wednesday, December 21st.


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