It was one of the most memorable snowstorms to ever hit western Massachusetts. Many cities and towns picked up more than a foot of very heavy wet snow.
The storm was forecast to start as rain and change over to snow but most places saw it start as snow.
It’s the end of October and there are still a lot of green leaves on the trees. That is what led to all the problems in 2011. It was late October but most of the trees in the lower Pioneer Valley still had leaves.
“A lot of snow, there was a lot of damage. We only had one tree at that time in our yard at that time and that was on our house by the time it was over but a lot of school cancellations and it was horrendous, it really was and nobody expected it in October,” said Sandy Bell of Springfield.
Trees were down everywhere and many cities and towns were left without power for several days to as long as a week.