CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for northern Berkshire County and western Franklin and Hampshire Counties from 8 p.m. tonight until 8 p.m. Friday night where significant snow accumulation is likely.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for southern Berkshire County, eastern Hampshire and Franklin Counties and for western Hampden County from 8 p.m. tonight until 8 p.m. Friday night for snow and sleet.
The 22News Storm Team is tracking wet weather over the next few days; both Thursday and Friday. A low-pressure system moving to the northeast and a cold front. But we also have cold temperatures — look at most of the country, it’s colder.
In western Massachusetts, temperatures will drop into the 30s. The coldest location is the Berkshires which is why they’re anticipating most of the snow. This is absolutely not out of the normal for this time of year. Even in the lower Pioneer Valley the average is about 1.6 inches of snow in April. The record-latest we’ve ever had accumulating snowfall is May 18. So, this is definitely not abnormal.
Thursday is going to be a very wet day, but we need the rain. It will be raining most of the day with highs in the upper 40s.
Rain switches to snow/mix first in the western hilltowns tomorrow night. Overnight, areas farther north will make the switch with the lower Pioneer Valley having just a chance for rain and a wintry mix overnight into Friday morning. Lows will dip into the 30s.
Friday morning there will be rain/mix in the valley and snow/mix elsewhere. There could be some wet snow coatings in the valley, with significantly higher amounts farther north and especially west over the Berkshires.
Friday as the day goes on any lingering snow/mix will switch back over to rain. Highs will be chilly in the mid 40s.