Christmas storm to bring accumulating snow, spotty wintry mix and gusty winds

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A quick moving storm will arrive just in time to bring accumulating snow to all of western Massachusetts for Christmas morning.

Winter Storm Warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for all Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden County as well as northern Berkshire County until 1PM Monday afternoon, for Berkshire County until 4PM. It’s in this warning area where the highest snowfall will likely occur.

Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for southern Berkshire County until 4PM. While several inches of snow is still expected, snow amounts will be lower with the possibility for a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and even some rain in some southeastern parts of the area.

Wind Advisories have been issued for all of western Massachusetts as gusty winds are expected Christmas afternoon.

Here’s what to expect:Timing:

  • 1AM-6AM: Snow with some wintry mix in spots, mainly southeastern Hampden County
  • 7AM-10AM: Snow, very heavy at times.
  • 10AM-1PM: Snow showers gradually end

Precipitation Types:

  • North of the Mass. Pike & west of I-91: Mostly Snow
  • North of the Mass. Pike & east of I-91: Mostly snow with a little wintry mix
  • South of the Mass. Pike & west of I-91: Mostly snow, some sleet
  • South of the Mass. Pike & east of I-91: Highest chance of sleet, freezing rain and rain mixing with the snow
  • Snow will be wet and sticky. Heavy for shoveling, but perfect for snowballs and snowmen

Snowfall amounts & uncertainty:

  • Highest snowfall northwest (6-9″) in Franklin County and the hills of western Hampshire, western Hampden, as well as most of Hampshire County, parts of northern Berkshire County.
  • Lower snowfall amounts south and east where some wintry mix is possible.
  • Just exactly how far northwest the area of wintry mix falls will have a big impact on snowfall amounts. No mix means all snow and higher amounts.
  • Here’s our updated SNOWFALL FORECAST MAP.

Impacts:

  • Travel may be difficult Monday morning with periods of heavy snow covering roads, slippery roads and reduced visibility
  • Road conditions should improve by midday and through the afternoon on Monday with drier conditions, near or above freezing temperatures and even some sun
  • Gusty winds Monday afternoon may cause isolated power outages and some blowing snow, as well as isolated tree branches down

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