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Winter storm watch: Storm on the way Tuesday into Wednesday

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for all of western Massachusetts from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.

  • Winter Storm Watch for Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties from 12 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday. 
  • Winter Storm Watch for Berkshire County from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. 

A Wind Advisory has been issued for Berkshire County from 4 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday. Wind gusts over 40 mph possible.

Timing:

  • Snow Begins: Tuesday 11a.m.-2 p.m. from southwest to northeast
  • Heaviest Snow: Tuesday Afternoon-Mid-Evening. Significant impacts to the evening commute.
  • Snow turns to sleet: Tuesday 5 p.m.-10 p.m. from south to north
  • Sleet mixes with freezing rain: Tuesday 10 p.m.-Wednesday 4 a.m.
  • Fading wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain: Wednesday 4 a.m.-9 a.m.

Snowfall amounts:

  • Lowest amounts where snow turns to sleet earliest
  • Highest amounts where snow holds on longest before the changeover to sleet
  • Considerable uncertainty regarding how quickly the changeover happens, so plan on adjustments to the snowfall forecast 
  • Here's our initial snowfall forecast map. 

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