Ready or not, winter weather has returned to western Massachusetts

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Winter has returned to Massachusetts. After several days of above-average temperatures to start the month of February, this looks and feels more like it.

The snow started to come down heavy around lunchtime in Northampton and overspread the rest of western Massachusetts by 1 p.m. And many were out before that first snowflake stocking up on essentials, ahead of several inches of snow.  

“I’m ready for the storm,” said Pat Coon of Florence. “I have enough food. But I have to go home and clean out my woodstove and bring in some firewood. And I’m ready in case the power goes out.” 

Many towns will see a changeover to sleet and freezing rain, which will keep some of the snow totals down. The lowest amounts will be where snow turns to sleet the earliest. That’s likely in the valley. 

The higher amounts are expected in western Hampshire County, like Williamsburg and Goshen, up into Franklin County. 

But no matter what’s falling from the sky where you live, roads will be covered and the plows will be out which means MassDOT urges you to take it slow if you must be out. 

“Like I said it’s great. It gets you excited,” Ann Robinson of Chicopee told 22News. “We hate it then we love it. But we enjoy the snow, I mean we’re in New England.”

For many, this will be the season’s first experience of driving in snow.  Remember to keep a lot of space between you and the car or truck in front of you. And give yourself plenty of room to stop. If you lock up your brakes, you could lose the ability to steer.

And let the plow and sanding trucks do their job. As Governor Baker’s fond of saying, “Don’t crowd the plow.”

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