Taking a look back on the weather in April

Western Massachusetts saw snow in the beginning of the month

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunday is the last day of April, and as we begin the month of May on Monday, 22News looked back at the month and how much of a roller-coaster kind of month it was.

The month of April can be called a “transitional” month, meaning there is still a chance for winter weather, but we begin to feel spring-like temperatures.

Looking back on the month of April, western Massachusetts received much needed rainfall and even saw some snow. In the beginning of April, we received our average snowfall total, which is 1.6 inches.

James Zabik of Chicopee, told 22News, “I feel like this winter dragged on for months and months. A lot of cold, a lot of gray, a lot of snow, so it was pretty disheartening to see snow in April, but looks like it’s turning around.”

After being in a long, ongoing drought, western Massachusetts finally saw improvements in our rainfall amounts. Just this month, we got 3.6 inches of rain and our average rainfall total is 3.73 inches.The most recent US Drought monitor, which comes out every Thursday, now shows central and eastern parts of Hampden and Hampshire counties, with a sliver of Franklin County, abnormally dry.

It was also a warm month. We saw more above-average days in April than on-average, even breaking two record high temperatures in the beginning of the month.

According to the Climate Prediction Center, we can expect more above-average temperatures in the month of May.

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