SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — A 22News Storm Team Weather Alert will go into effect Monday for a winter storm bringing plowable snow to much of western Massachusetts and a significant amount in the western hills and farther north.
While the day will start cloudy with maybe a few flurries, a coastal storm will bring snow Monday afternoon before changing to rain Monday night. The farther west and north you go, generally the more snow you could see. In the lower Pioneer Valley, only a few inches of snow are likely, while up in Franklin County, and in the western hills of Hampshire and Hampden counties, more significant snowfall is likely. Some higher elevation, much more rural areas of the hilltowns could see isolated higher amounts.
Monday’s snowfall amounts:
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Berkshire County, western Franklin, western Hampshire and western Hampden Counties from 2 p.m. Monday until 4 a.m. Tuesday.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Eastern Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties from 2 p.m. Monday until 4 a.m. Tuesday.
The snow will be heavy at times, especially Monday afternoon and in the early evening. The snow will be moisture-laden, and therefore wet and heavy.
The lower Pioneer Valley will be one of the first areas to see the changeover to a wintry mix and eventually rain Monday night. Snow will gradually change to a wintry mix and then rain from the south to the north in the late night hours and overnight for all areas except across the higher elevations in the hilltowns and the Berkshires. Snow and a wintry mix will linger longer there Monday night, so some light icing is possible as well. The storm will wrap up before sunrise Tuesday.
Thankfully, the impact on traffic will be much more minimal than a typical Monday evening with schools shut down and many locals working from home amid the coronavirus outbreak.
So far this month, there’s only been 0.4 inches of snow at the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, when the monthly average is 8.9″. March snow is not at all uncommon in Western Massachusetts.
For more on the weather forecast over the next few days, check out the 22News Storm Team forecast discussion.
The 22News Storm Team will continue to update you on this winter storm on 22News at and 10 & 11 p.m.