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Winter storm to flirt with Pioneer Valley's all-time records

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With much of western Massachusetts expected to receive well over a foot of snow by Saturday morning, the snowfall totals from this massive nor'easter may rival all-time records for the region.

The latest forecasts for Springfield expect about 13 to 18 inches of snow, which could place this storm in the top 10 snowstorms on record.  The Pioneer Valley's official climate records held at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT date back to 1905.  Here are the top 1o snowstorms recorded at Bradley:

1) Jan. 12, 2011: 24.0 inches

2) Feb. 12, 2006: 21.9 inches

3) Feb. 11-12, 1983: 21.0 inches

4) Dec. 19-20, 1945: 18.2 inches

5) Dec. 29, 1945: 17.7 inches

6) Feb. 19-20, 1934: 17.4 inches

7) Feb. 20-21, 1921: 17.0 inches

T-8) Feb. 6-7, 1978: 16.9 inches

T-8) Dec. 26-27, 1947: 16.9 inches

10) March 5, 2001: 16.3 inches

While Bradley is located about 15 miles south of downtown Springfield, the snowfall totals for both locations (as well as much of the Interstate 91 corridor from Hartford, CT to Greenfield, MA) are expected to be very similar.

So far this winter season, snowfall totals have been very close to average.  Before Friday's storm, 22.1 inches of snow has been recorded at Bradley.  The normal-to-date value for snowfall through Feb. 7 is 24.4 inches.

Areas east from Worcester to Boston are expected to see more than 2 feet of snow, with isolated amounts up to 3 feet and drifts up to 5 feet possible throughout eastern Massachusetts.  Boston's record snowfall is 27.5 inches set on Feb. 18, 2003.  Worcester's all-time record is 33.0 inches set on April 1, 1997.

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