SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Some western Massachusetts residents could see a white Christmas this year, but not all.
A white Christmas means at least one inch of snow is on the ground. This year, your chance of a white, snowy landscape during the holiday increases the further west you go. But for many of us in the lower Pioneer Valley, snowfall expected Sunday night into Christmas Eve will be uneventful.
Near Berkshire County, there could be at least an inch on the ground. And with chilly temperatures for the next few days, it’s likely anything that does stick will last through Christmas Day.
Now the forecast for this year is a sharp contrast compared to last year when some Pioneer Valley residents woke up to six inches of snow on Christmas morning.
And some Pioneer Valley locals are hoping for a repeat this year. “It’s kind of cold but I love the snow in general because I have little cousins so it’s fun to play with them out in the snow, and go sledding and everything and drink hot cocoa,” Jazzlyn Frometa from Holyoke told 22News.
But other residents only want to see the fluffy white flakes on the holiday itself. “I mean…I look forward to it Christmas Day only. I’m not a big fan of snow…so after Christmas, no snow for me,” explained Justin Frometa, also from Holyoke.
Historically, Christmas days are white in the lower Pioneer Valley 40 to 50 percent of the time.
To the north and west of the lower Pioneer Valley, the chance for a white Christmas historically increases. It’s a different story for northern Berkshire County, where they’ve seen snow on 90 percent of Christmases.