A strong nor'easter developed off the New England coast, creating 40-mph wind gusts in Western Massachusetts on Wednesday. Fortunately, the Springfield area did not see any snow from this powerful system that battered Cape Cod.
Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph were reported from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Similar wind speeds were observed throughout the day at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield.
With high temperatures only reaching the mid-30s, strong winds kept Wednesday's wind chills in the lower-20s in the Springfield area. Normal highs for the last week of March are near 50 degrees.
No snowfall was reported across Franklin, Hampden, or Hampshire County.
Meanwhile, amateur storm spotters in Nantucket reported nearly 10 inches of snow, with wind gusts above 80 mph creating drifts up to five feet.
An ocean buoy just south of Nova Scotia was near the center of the nor'easter late Wednesday afternoon. It recorded an air pressure of 960 mb at nearly 5 p.m. EDT. Pressure readings that low can be synonymous with tropical storms or even minor hurricanes.
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