SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — The winter solstice is right around the corner on December 21, the shortest day of the year when the sun will set at 4:22 p.m.
And that means the start to truly chilly weather in Western Massachusetts. And this year, the weather shift was quick, leaving many residents to wonder what happened to autumn?
Although winter is less than two weeks away, the recent temperatures are far from normal. Average high temperatures for this time of year are in the upper 30s, but low temperatures only average the low 20s and this week, we’re dropping to the teens.
And the sudden cold is not going unnoticed, and people are spending less and less time outside as a result.
“Well, I’ve been trying to like sit in front of the fire on the floor at home,” Ann Marie in West Springfield told 22News.
But although we’re unusually cold, we are still not near record lows. Previous records set this week are for the most part below zero, and the coldest is 9 degrees below zero set back in 2005 on December 14.
But at least we have some dry weather to accompany the chill. The 22News Storm Team 7-day forecast shows plenty of sun ahead.