February, 2013

Heaving snow closing in

February 8th, 2013 at 5:36 pm by under Weather

The heaviest snow of the day is not far away.

After a day that has featured steady, but light snow…some of the heaviest snow bands that we’ve seen move through should push into the lower Pioneer valley after 6pm. From then on out snow will get heavier into the night.

Here’s a look at Meteorologist Brian Lapis updating the graphics.


Snowfall through mid-afternoon

February 8th, 2013 at 2:42 pm by under Weather

2″ in Springfield. Photo taken by Michael Niemiec 3 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013

We continue to update snowfall accumulation amounts from across western Massachusetts.

While the snow is certainly causing issues on the roads, accumulations so far have not been very high. We continue to expect that to change as we go later into the afternoon and overnight. Just because this storm isn’t bad yet doesn’t mean it won’t get worse.

Please e-mail all snowfall reports to reportit@wwlp.com

Here’s some recent snowfall accumulation amounts:

  • Westfield: 1.5″
  • Granby: 1.5″
  • Lowell: 1.5″
  • Greenfield: 0.5″
  • Southwick: 1.0″
  • Holyoke: 2.0″
  • West Springfield: 2.0″
  • Westfield: 2.5″
  • Agawam: 1.5″
  • Ware: 0.5″
  • Granville: 2.5″
  • Chicopee: 2.0″
  • Wales: 1.5″
  • Heath: 1.0″
  • East Longmeadow: 1.0″
  • Belchertown: 0.5″
  • South Hadley: 0.5″

Slippery on Route 66

February 8th, 2013 at 1:02 pm by under Weather

Continuing our drive of the roads so far in Hampshire County now we’ve noticed the problems are on the less travelled streets.

Driving southwest from Northampton on Route 66 into Florence was particularly snow covered although certainly not impossible. This storm is starting quietly but will certainly intensify through this afternoon and into tonight.




Roads slippery, not yet snow covered

February 8th, 2013 at 12:29 pm by under Weather

We’ve pulled over to the side of the road at the scenic area 9 miles from Northampton. We’ve just learned speed restrictions on the Mass. Pike between exits 1-6 is down to 40 mph.

With just about an inch of snow so far the roads aren’t horrible, but on and off ramps are slick and traveling over bridges is also more snow covered. We will have further live updates on tv in a little bit.




Top Snowstorms for the Springfield Area

February 8th, 2013 at 11:55 am by under News, Weather

Here’s a list of our top six snow storms (plus a few other notable storms) for the Springfield area. These measurements were taken at or near Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.  Many thanks to our pal, and former Westover ARB Chief Meteorologist, Curt Osgood for providing us the data!

  1.  22”     2/28-3/1    1949
2.  20”     2/15-2/16   1958
3.  19.4”  2/5/2001
4.  19”     1/12/2011
5.  18.8    1/7-1/8 1996
6.  17.2″ 3/31-4/1 1997

Blizzard of 1978 (2/6-2/7, 1978)  14.5″
Oct 29-30 2011, snowstorm 12.9″
3/13-3/14 1993, “superstorm” 14.6″

As you can see from the list, it’s pretty tough to get more than 20″ of snow in a single storm in Springfield!   This is part of our reasoning to keep our snow forecast generally under 20″.


A few snowfall amounts so far…

February 8th, 2013 at 11:47 am by under Weather

The snow is perfect for building a snowman! Photo submitted by Keri Lamoureux via Report It

It’s not much, but it’s already accumulating with steadier snow now pushing back into the lower Pioneer Valley after a brief break.

Here’s some snowfall accumulation amounts we’ve received through Noon

  • Huntington: 0.5″
  • Southampton: 0.5″
  • Chicopee: 1″
  • Holyoke: 1″
  • Wilbraham: 0.5″

Looking for snowfall totals…

February 8th, 2013 at 11:05 am by under Weather

Most of the time we ask for snowfall totals once a storm has completed. In this case…we’d love to hear how much snow is falling AS the storm is happening.

Please e-mail reportit@wwlp.com with your snowfall reports or follow us on the different forms of social media.

If you have photos to share, please only E-MAIL them to us at ReportIt@wwlp.com

Below is a picture from Don Mercure showing the roads in Savoy at 11AM Friday.

We’re tracking the storm on social media

February 8th, 2013 at 10:42 am by under Weather

During a storm like this, when many people are at home from work and school…there might be more time spent on social media. With this in mind, 22News will be very present on social media today.

The 22News Storm Team is tracking the storm here on WWLP.com and on social media:

  • On Twitter follow @22NewsStormTeam
  • Use #WinterStorm22News to stay in the conversation and be a part of our coverage
  • Follow the 22News Storm Team on Facebook
  • E-mail snowfall reports, damage or power outage information to reportit@wwlp.com

Snow begins falling…accumulating quickly

February 8th, 2013 at 10:10 am by under Weather

Shortly after 9AM accumulating snow began falling around western Massachusetts. We’re already seeing a coating on the ground. These first bands of snow will continue pushing through western Massachusetts through late morning.

With temperatures just a little below freezing this snow will not be as light or fluffy as the snow will turn later.

We’ll continue to blog through the storm with some pictures from the road or back here in the studio. We’ll have the latest live coverage on 22News at noon.


“Warm Bodies”

February 3rd, 2013 at 10:50 am by under A Look at the Movies

Three-StarRated PG-13
1 hour 35 minutes

Starring: Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Nicholas Hoult

Apparently zombies have come a long way since “Night of the Living Dead”. Now they want more out of death than merely terrifying survivors of the dread plague that nearly wiped out the human race.

“Warm Bodies” tells the humorous and sometimes touching tale of a lovesick zombie who needs to network with a warm body.

Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer could be the year’s most mismatched couple. In one of the film’s more amusing scenes, he’ll protect her from a band of marauding zombies. He thinks fast on his feet having her impersonate their strange movements, and then letting her down easily that she’s overdoing it. “Warm Bodies” is just the right mixture of menace and mirth along with its good hearted message that love makes everything possible in a world otherwise ruled by suspicion and mistrust. It’s certainly corny but clever enough to somehow be rather appealing.

“Warm Bodies” just might give zombies a good name for a change. The warm and witty satire revives a much maligned genre with 3 stars. Don’t be surprised if “Warm Bodies” makes you feel good all over.