A nor'easter that delivered heavy snow, wind, and coastal flooding to New England Thursday night also brought an unusual scattering of snowfall amounts across western Massachusetts.
Towns in eastern Hampden County, including Wilbraham, Palmer, Monson and Brimfield, woke up Friday morning to nearly a foot of snow.
The National Weather Service received official snowfall reports of about 8 inches in Ludlow and Monson. A variety of phone calls and postings through social media had higher amounts for eastern Hampden County, such as 13 inches from a viewer in Wales.
Meanwhile, a drastic cutoff occurred in the snowfall totals for the downtown Springfield and Northampton areas. Much of the Interstate 91 corridor simply reported wet roadways and no major problems for the Friday morning commute. The National Weather Service only reported 2 inches for both Northampton and Greenfield, with similar minor accumulations in Westfield and West Springfield.
The unusual range of snowfall totals was courtesy of an unusual storm setup. A low pressure center sat hundreds of miles out at sea on Thursday, and would normally be considered too far away for a typical nor'easter. However, an upper-level disturbance from the Great Lakes region managed to pull the moisture back onto shore and created snow bands of varying intensity and location in the process.
Throughout the night, many of the heavy snow bands made it past Worcester and into the eastern towns of Hampden and Hampshire County. From there they quickly died out upon approaching the Connecticut River.
The snow picked back up again for the eastern slopes of the Berkshires, with the towns of Chester and Huntington both reporting 7 inches of snow according to the National Weather Service.
Widespread parts of eastern Massachusetts, including the Mass Pike from Worcester to Boston and the Interstate 95 corridor southwest of Boston, received between 12 and 18 inches of snow. The immediate coastline is dealing with coastal flood problems and high winds as well.
Snow showers are expected to slowly end in western Massachusetts on Friday afternoon, with sunshine and mild weather returning for Saturday.
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