Weather Alert Day: High winds throughout western Massachusetts

Gusty winds slowly back off as we head through Thursday night

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News Storm Team declared Thursday a Weather Alert Day due to the strong damaging winds that have been occurring.

The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties until 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

Winds were gusting over 40 miles per hour at times Thursday afternoon, which led to some downed trees and branches and some power outages. Watch out for fallen debris as you’re driving, and be careful opening car doors in parking lots as they could swing open.

More than half of Eversource’s 922 customers in the Franklin County town of Conway were without power early Thursday morning after a tree fell on some wires. Eversource spokesperson Lindsay Parke told 22News that 479 customers have had their power restored, but that 14 still remain without power. She said she wasn’t sure what street the tree fell on.

Gusty winds slowly back off as we head through Thursday night; it’ll still be quite blustery, just not as windy. It will be mostly clear with temperatures dropping down into the upper teens.

Friday looks to be a rather breezy day, with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be noticeably colder as we only reach the mid-30’s. Friday afternoon and early evening there could be a few flurries or snow showers around.

It gets even colder this weekend with the potential for below zero wind chills.

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