Updated: Friday, 16 Jan 2009, 8:40 PM EST
Published : Friday, 16 Jan 2009, 5:14 PM EST
BLANDFORD, Mass. (WWLP) - - It was a bone-chilling start Friday morning as temperatures made
it well below zero across western Massachusetts.
It made it down to 17 degrees below zero at Westover in Chicopee which broke the record of 9 below set back in 2004. In Orange the mercury dropped all the way down to minus 21.
At the Blandford Country Store, it was hot soup and coffee that were in high demand as people tried to warm up after being out in the arctic chill.
Despite the record cold temperatures it's the kind of weather most New Englanders have come to expect this time of year.
"This really isn't odd for up here. In this morning's paper it said that this time period is the time you get this kind of weather so it's kinda following through to form, " said Tom Ackley of Blandford.
"When it gets this cold and then it gets a little bit warmer than it seems like it's not as cold anymore, you get so used to the real cold," said Jim Evangelista of Northampton.
It might be weather we expect here in New England but not all of us ever get used to it.
"I've been living in New England my whole life and I'm still not used to it. I just want to move to Florida or California or something like that," said Anthony St. Germaine of Hindsdale, New Hampshire.
Florida couldn't even escape the cold weather. Down there, temperatures were in the 50s and 60s Friday with low temperatures expected to be in the 20s and 30s at night We could see more record cold weather again Friday night in western Massachusetts.