SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — The reason we saw such a wet start to the weekend is because of a Nor’easter.
But when many people think of Nor’easters, they automatically think of snowstorms and blizzards, but snow isn’t required for a storm to be considered a Nor’easter.
Technically, a Nor’easter just means winds are blowing from the northeast, and the storm is tracking along the east coast. During these storms, the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean is warmer than the cold, Arctic air over land, and that temperature difference fuels the low pressure. Not to mention the water itself acts as like gasoline to a fire.
Nor’easters bring heavy rain or snow, high wind gusts, rough seas, and if strong enough, then coastal flooding. So the storm we saw today was a true Nor’easter, even though many of us just saw heavy rain. It’s just the temperatures were overall too warm for most of us.
But some areas across western Massachusetts did indeed see snow early Saturday morning, but as the day warmed it switched over to rain. This specific storm brought a dusting of snow to some higher elevation areas in Western Massachusetts, and gusty winds as well.
Over in eastern Massachusetts, 50-mile-per-hour winds were reported.