It’s been a snowless winter so far in western Massachusetts.
It is still early in the winter season, but our snow totals in western Massachusetts are well below average for this time of year.
If you’ve spent time outdoors this December, you may have noticed the ground covered with dying grass rather than a blanket of white snow.
The typical amount of snowfall in December in Western Massachusetts is more than 10 inches, but this past month, we haven’t even had a half-inch.
Businesses like Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Springfield and Colorado Ski and Bike in West Springfield have noticed a decrease in customers.
“We’ve noticed that there’s a lack of traffic through the store,” said Hazim Jaber, assistant manager at Colorado Ski and Bike. “The attitude has been down because people around here love to go skiing and they just can’t find the snow.”
Jaber told 22News they have noticed an increase in bike sales due to the recent warm weather.
Though there isn’t any snow on the ground right now, businesses know it can happen at any time, so they are always prepared for that last-minute rush.
“When it does snow, we do get the rush,” said Mitchell Johnson at Rocky’s Ace Hardware. “We are prepared for that as well. We have plenty of salt, shovels anything you need to dig yourself out of the snow.”
According to the 22News Storm Team, we tend to see the most snowfall during the month of January with an average of 13.5 inches.
Our combined snow totals in the months of November and December were 4 inches below average.