Saturday’s nor’easter brings heavy snow to eastern Hampden County

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PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – The first nor’easter of the season brought a mix of precipitation to Massachusetts Saturday.

It was an unusual storm as the lower Pioneer Valley started with only rain early in the morning, while areas out east were already getting hit hard.

It turned out to be a winter wonderland in Palmer Saturday, as residents had to deal with heavy snow instead of rain and their perceptions of it depended on who you talked to.

“I hate winter. I hate New England, I hate snow,” Lisa Cavanaugh, a Rocky’s ACE Hardware cashier and Palmer resident, expressed.

“We needed a change of something,” said John DiNovo of Palmer. “This really puts you in the Christmas spirit.”

Residents went to Rocky’s Ace Hardware for shovels, ice melt, and other essential storm supplies.

“All of us sales associates, we’ve been putting the shovels together because as soon as you make them they go out the door,” Cavanaugh told 22News. “And as you said, the ice melt is going left and right.”

Driving was also tricky. The heavy, wet snow led to slippery conditions, and reduced visibility. And for many residents, that meant one-stop shopping.

When asked if he planned on driving Saturday, Matthew Pelletier of Palmer replied, “No, I’ll be staying home by the fire.”

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