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Strong winds brought brutal cold, power outages to Western Massachusetts Saturday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) -- Wind gusts topped 50 miles per hour Saturday across the Pioneer Valley.

The National Weather Service reported a gust as high as 67 miles per hour at Mount Tom.

Those strong winds led to power outages across Western Massachusetts early Saturday morning. At one point, nearly 2500 Massachusetts residents went without power during the chilly conditions.

While the high temperature reached the low 30s, when the wind is factored in, feels-like temperatures didn't make it out of the single digits and teens. And many locals noticed the chill from the strong breeze.

 "So I was in bed and I heard the wind whipping and I knew it was going to make my day a little more challenging because I knew I had to come get some building supplies," Andrew McAlary told 22News. 

The wind also caused several downed trees across Western Massachusetts, contributing to the scattered power outages.

One 22News viewer sent in a photo of tree damage at his house in West Springfield. The resident said he heard a loud thud at about 4 a.m. Saturday morning, and awoke to see the tree toppled down in his front yard, taking down the power line to his house. But there was no serious damage to his home. 


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