TOLLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – It may be May, but temperatures can still get cold in the early morning hours, especially in the Berkshires and the Hilltowns. It was cold enough, in fact, for a little bit of snow to fall in some areas.
In the western Hampden County town of Tolland, 22News viewer Kevin Donovan sent in video of flakes falling in his backyard. Snow was also reported in the Berkshire County town of Hinsdale, and in Norfolk, Connecticut- just over the state line.
Snow is rare in May, but not completely unheard-of. There actually is an annual average snowfall for western Massachusetts in the month of May: 0.1”. On May 9-10, 1977, a major snowstorm moved into the northeast, dumping more than a foot of snow in some sections of Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties, with 15” of snow falling in Worthington. Twenty inches of snow fell in the Worcester County town of Barre.
Snowfall accumulation in the Pioneer Valley itself was very limited, due to the warmer air in the valley, and cold air just a little higher up.
About half a million customers lost power due to this 1977 storm.