Hampshire County digging out from first snowstorm of year

Hampshire County

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Hampshire County didn’t get as much snow as Franklin County but still received a significant amount.

After a mild beginning to winter, western Massachusetts woke up to its first snowstorm of the season Sunday morning.

Hampshire County received between six and nine inches of snow, with about six falling in South Hadley.

Read More: Parts of Franklin County received up to 10 inches of snow.

One Mount Holyoke freshman who recently moved to western Massachusetts said she was surprised the first storm happened so late in the season.

“It’s been cold but there hasn’t been a lot of snow,” Amelia Ayers said. “I’m from Michigan, so there’s usually a lot of snow by November\December so to come here and have no snow until after Christmas was very surprising.”

With snow eventually turning into sleet, many South Hadley residents like Jason Rogers were out early snow blowing sidewalks and driveways.

Jason began snow blowing near The Village Commons around 3:30 a.m.

“It was a nice slow ride in, there weren’t many plows out yet,” he said. “It’s more turning into rain and things are getting pretty slick making our job pretty tough.”

Related: Snowfall totals around western Massachusetts Sunday

As clean up efforts continue, it’s important to allow for extra following distance behind plows– don’t crowd the plow.

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