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Severe Weather Alert: Snow, sleet and freezing rain tonight and Sunday

Heaviest snow tonight into early Sunday morning

(WWLP) - A significant winter storm will bring several inches of snow and sleet to western Massachusetts tonight into Sunday.

The 22News Storm Team has issued a Severe Weather Alert for this weekend's storm. 

WINTER STORM WARNING: Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin County until 7PM Sunday. 

WINTER STORM WARNING: Berkshire County until 4PM Sunday

We are still on track for a major winter storm this weekend. The storm will consist of snow and sleet with a chance for some light freezing rain.

Here's what we're looking at for timing:

 

  • UNTILSUNDAY 4AM: Heaviest snow of the storm. This is when most of the snow accumulation will happen.
  • SUNDAY 4AM-SUNDAY 12PM: Snow, Sleet and Freezing rain. North and west continues to be mainly snow and sleet with more freezing rain south of the Mass Pike.
  • SUNDAY Evening: A changeover back to snow and then snow showers as the storm tapers off. 

Snowfall & Sleet Accumulation:

  • Here's our snowfall forecast map: 
  • Lowest snowfall amounts in this storm will be in eastern Hampden County
  • Highest snowfall amounts will end up north of Route 2 in Franklin County and in northern Berkshire County
  • The amount of sleet that mixes with snow is the main challenge with this storm.
    • More sleet means much less snow accumulation.
    • Less sleet and snowfall amounts go way up.
    • Ice accumulation could become an issue south of the Mass Pike. Some tree damage and power outages are possible.

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