Western Massachusetts takes a look back at the April Fools’ Day storm of 1997


March is almost over and the weather has gotten a little milder. The 22News Storm Team took a look back at a big snowstorm that hit western Massachusetts 21-years-ago this weekend.

It’s known as the April Fools’ Day snowstorm and it was quite a storm.

It’s March 30 and most of the snow is gone in the Springfield area but back in 1997 around this time, a big snowstorm hit western Massachusetts.

The snow began falling on March 31 and continued into April 1. Seventeen inches of heavy wet snow was reported at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

The storm caused a lot of damage and led to a number of accidents.

The weight of the snow brought down power lines and caused widespread power outages.

States of Emergency were even declared in some cities and towns.

The storm even knocked us off the air for almost a day. Hopefully nothing like that is on the way for us this weekend.

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