In Western Massachusetts, winter weather causes the most substantial impacts on businesses, schools, travel, and the personal plans of people more than any other season. Certainly severe summer weather can cause very serious problems, as we saw with the Springfield Tornado of 2011. However, for our region, it’s the snow and ice storms of the Winter season, and the strong, damaging winds of cold Arctic air intrusions that really hamper human activity in the Pioneer Valley.
Because of this, I wanted to provide you with a section on Western Mass winter weather that will expand over time. My ultimate goal is turn this section into a complete education on winter weather.