Briefly heavy snow squalls in western Mass. through early afternoon

Outside of any snow squalls many neighborhoods will enjoy sunshine.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Briefly heavy snow showers, known as squalls, have pushed through New York State and into the Berkshires.

Snow squalls have moved through Franklin and Hampshire County and will continue to move through and out of Hampden County. Snow squalls have the potential to drastically reduce visibility, drop a quick coating of snow and bring some gusty winds. Thankfully snow squalls move through quickly and will be followed by sunshine.

Snow squall in Hadley. Viewer photo via Report It
Snow squall in Hadley. Viewer photo via Report It

Another, smaller snow squall pushed into the lower Pioneer Valley from the west moving east/southeast 30-40mph.

Locations that could get some briefly heavy snow include Westfield, West Springfield, Springfield, Agawam, Longmeadow and Chicopee. Visibility may drop quickly during these bursts of snow. Snow squalls of this variety typically only last for 10-20 minutes and shouldn’t produce more than a dusting of snow that would melt soon after.

Accumulation of less than 1 inch is possible over the Berkshires and western Hampden, western Hampshire and western Franklin County where temperatures are cooler. A coating or less of accumulation is expected for areas close to and east of I-91. Here’s our updated snowfall forecast map. 

Snow Squall in Hadley. Viewer Photo via Report It
Snow Squall in Conway. Viewer Photo via Report It

Make sure to keep an eye on our interactive radar as conditions will be noticeably different for those of you within a squall and those of you outside of the snow bands where the sun may be shining.

Video courtesy Pittsfield Police Department.