Winter is a fact of life here in Massachusetts. I know we're still in the month of August but I'm already hearing people how they can't wait for Fall and some say they can't wait for Winter. Honestly, summer is my most favorite season because I enjoy being outdoors comfortably without freezing my rear-end off.

So, what do we expect this year for winter in Massachusetts?

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According to the farmer's almanac the coldest months predicted are January which will be particularly stormy, snowy and wet, with the potential for lots of rain and sleet. An East Coast storm is also expected to bring heavy snowfall, cold rain and frigid temperatures during the second week of February.

Meanwhile, The almanac also said that March “could go out like a lion” with an extended forecast calling for “wild swings in the thermometer along with East Coast storm will bring a wintry mess to the area during the first week of the month.

Here's a photo I snapped 4 years ago today of the first snowfall on Mount Greylock:

Ryan Pause (Mount Greylock First Snowfall 2018)
Ryan Pause (Mount Greylock First Snowfall 2018)
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Of course, forecasts predicted this early are not 100% accurate but we do get ideas on what to expect this winter. After all, it's never too early to prepare. That reminds me, I got to pull out the snow shovels from the basement in a couple months

I remember one Christmas when it was 70 degrees out and everyone was driving around with their windows open. So, we shall see what mother nature has in store for us this winter here in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have to expect the unexpected each year.

UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR 12/10/2023:

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 1 PM EST MONDAY... WHAT...Wet snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. WHERE...The Berkshires of western Massachusetts and the northern and central Taconics and Helderbergs of eastern New York. WHEN...From 1 AM to 1 PM EST Monday. IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions due to snow covered and slushy roads along with reduced visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute. ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Rain will change to wet snow late tonight and continue through midday Monday. The snow may be falling moderate to heavy around the time of the morning commute, making for hazardous travel. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling.

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