Franklin County on ice from recent chill

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With so much cold to contend with, it’s hard to believe we are exactly one month away from the start of Spring. People in Franklin County are having a hard time envisioning green grass any time soon.

Below zero temperatures cast a chill that people just couldn’t warm up to anymore. They knew it was out of their control. One person 22News spoke to said, “Mother Nature, you can only do what she hands out.”

Even the maple trees refuse to function in this extreme cold. That’s affecting Marilyn Lively’s maple sugar business in Colrain; it’s simply too cold to tap for sap. “Typically what you want. You want the nights to be cold and you want the days to be warm, above freezing, and that causes the sap to move from the tree.”

As an example of how cold it’s been, an ice sculpture in Greenfield has been standing for weeks, and it’s still intact.

Spring may be exactly a month away, but with all this snow on the ground, 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin says even more could come, and it will still feel like winter. “We normally do get accumulating snow in March. On average, about 8 inches. As long as there’s snow covering the ground, cloudier weather, colder days and certainly chillier nights are possible.”

For some girls we talked to, that meant at least a month longer of hot chai tea and brisk walks from here to there. Autumn Bross of Greenfield said, “I have to wear a long-sleeved shirt, sweater, sweatshirt, and then a big winter jacket, so a lot of layers to finally get warm.”

There is some hope; warmer days are ahead of us. we just might have to wait a bit longer this year to enjoy them.

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