Saturday in May: Snow, cold and high winds hit western Massachusetts

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Saturday morning’s weather was a shocker. 

Temperatures dropped to the 20s and 30s, with teeth-chattering wind chills in the 20s and teens and for some: snow.

Now snow didn’t accumulate everywhere in western Massachusetts, but it did in the western hills, the Berkshires and Franklin County.

Here are various photos of the May snow sent in by 22News viewers. Most areas that saw the snow only picked up a dusting or coating, but others saw a good inch or two.

As unwelcome as this snow was, even for the lower Pioneer Valley, May snow isn’t an extremely rare occurrence. 

Past May snows in Chicopee include the May 1977 storm that brought nearly 6 inches. Otherwise, on May 18, 2002, there was a light snow that accumulated 0.6 inches. So since 1945, the latest we’ve seen snow in Chicopee is in mid May. 

It didn’t just look like winter, either. High temperatures rivaled historically record cold high temperatures. The record coldest high temperature for Saturday is 41 degrees set in 1977, the same day we saw that historic May snowstorm.

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