WEATHER ALERT: Spring storm will bring significant snow to hills and Berkshires

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Heavy wet snow Thursday evening through Friday evening

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –

Rain has changed to snow in our western & eastern hills. Overnight, the rain will mix with & change to snow in the Pioneer Valley, from north to south. I expect that just about all of us will get at least some snow and/or sleet overnight into early Friday morning.

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Plan on extra time for the Friday morning commute. You’ll have anything from a slushy coating to brush off your car, to as much as 9″ of heavy snow to shovel. Most of us will have the coating. Regardless, plan on a slushy and slower morning commute. A coating of snow on roads is possible in the lower Pioneer Valley (Northampton & south). Snow covered roads are likely Friday morning in the upper Pioneer Valley (north of Northampton), and the hills too the east and west.

Here’s our latest snowfall map through Friday morning. The highest accumulation of snow will be in western Franklin County & northern Berkshire County. By 9am the snow will be changing back to rain in the valley. Snow will linger into late morning in the hills. There will be scattered rain & snow showers throughout the day on Friday. High temperatures will be in the low 40s.

Winter Storm Warning is in effect for northern Berkshire County and western Franklin and western Hampshire Counties from 8 p.m. tonight until 8 p.m. Friday night where significant snow accumulation is likely.

  • WHAT: Heavy wet snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches with localized amounts up to 10 inches possible above 1500 feet.
  • IMPACTS: Travel could be very difficult. Some power outages are possible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for southern Berkshire County, eastern Hampshire and eastern Franklin Counties and for western Hampden County from 8 p.m. tonight until 8 p.m. Friday night for snow and sleet.

  • WHAT: Wet snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches.
  • IMPACTS: Travel could be very difficult. Slow down and use caution while traveling.

Snowfall Map

Snow in April

We are talking about snow coming during the month of April and some areas will get quite a bit more than others. The reason for that is the temperature. The hills and Berkshires will see the most snow because that is where the colder air will be. In the valley it will be warmer, so that will keep the accumulations down as we see more in the way of rain.

The rain to snow ratio is also important. On average, 1 inch of rain is equal to about 10 inches of snow in the winter. When it is colder and temperatures are around 25 degrees, 1 inch of rain can be equal to 15 inches for light and fluffy, powdery snow. If temperatures are around 32 or just a little bit above, then 1 inch or rain can be equal to around 8 inches of heavy wet snow and that is what we are looking at with this storm.

The latest we’ve had measurable snow during the month of April in the Springfield area was .6 inches on April 29th back in 1987.

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