Weather Alert Day: Freezing rain continues in western Massachusetts

Icy roads along with some accumulating snow to the north are the main concerns.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News Storm Team declared a Weather Alert Day on Tuesday for a wintry mix of weather that could lead to icy travel.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Watch, which are in effect for the following:

  • Berkshire County until 1:00 a.m. Wednesday
  • Hampshire & Franklin counties until 3:00 a.m. Wednesday
  • Hampden County until 10:00 p.m. Tuesday

The air is expected to slowly warm up Tuesday night, with temperatures being in the upper 20’s to low 30’s. Occasional, freezing rain and freezing drizzle will continue through midnight, so watch out for icy surfaces.

Scattered rain showers are likely overnight, and there’s even the chance for briefly heavy rain and a thunderstorm before sunrise on Wednesday.

Wednesday morning’s temperatures will be in the 40’s. There’s the chance for a scattered shower before noon on Wednesday, but most of the morning will be dry. The morning will also be warm, and we expect high temperatures in the low 50’s late Wednesday morning and early afternoon.

Photos: Snow/Sleet Weather in Western Mass.

The previous record high for February 8th at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee is 51 degrees, which is set in 1965. We have a good chance of breaking or tying that record; there will be at least partial sun for most of the day on Wednesday. The wind will pick up in the afternoon, as cooler air returns.

According to NWS, a Winter Weather Advisory means snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel issues, so be prepared for slippery roads and use caution while driving. A Winter Storm Watch means a possibility for a significant amount of snow, sleet or ice that may impact travel.

Make sure to follow the 22News Storm Team for the latest forecast and snowfall totals.

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