Brutal cold comes to an end in the Pioneer Valley

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It was a warmer day Saturday compared to the last couple.

“Frigid, I mean it was cold,” Dennis Bishop told 22News. “You had to be dressed for it.”

That just about sums up how cold it has been the past week in the Pioneer Valley. But Saturday, there was a noticeable change in the weather. Temperatures finally made it out of the 30s for the first time since last Saturday. So recently, it has felt closer to winter outside, and many locals were bracing for the weather with their full winter gear. 

The weather on Saturday felt so much warmer than what we’ve been experiencing the past week.  In Springfield, we broke records on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. The high temperature reached 20 degrees on Thanksgiving, which was a new record, and Friday morning temperatures dipped to just 4 degrees which was also a new record low.

Warmer weather means less time inside, and more time enjoying outdoor winter activities such as skiing, ice skating, or raking up the last of the leaves left behind from the ongoing melting from the first snow. But there’s one activity that the cold didn’t stop locals from doing — and that’s getting their Christmas tree.

Hickory Hill Farm told 22News they had a good crowd on Black Friday despite the cold, and they expect sales to keep staying high this weekend, especially with the warm-up. 

“Balmy, it’s beautiful. There’s no wind, and it’s really nice,” Dennis Bishop, the owner of Hickory Hill Farm in Westfield, described to 22News. 

High temperatures through the rest of the week are projected to stay in the 40s, which is much closer to average for this time of year and a huge improvement from the Thanksgiving Day chill. 

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