SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Get ready for some of the coldest air we have seen in quite some time. A colder, late November-like air mass will push in Saturday evening behind a second cold front that will swing through midday Saturday.
Temperatures started out in the 70s this week, dropped to the 60s the past two days and will stay in the mid 50s today. On Sunday, with the core of the cold air in place, temperatures will hover in the mid and upper 40s. It appears the fall season is on the move.
The cold air will peak Monday morning with near record low temperatures and a hard freeze throughout western MA! This will certainly put an end to the growing season. There is a Freeze Warning in effect for Hampden and Hampshire counties from 1am Sunday morning until 9am Sunday morning. The record low on Monday is 19 set back in 1978. This cold snap stays for a little more than 48 hrs. A mid-week warm up is expected with temperatures climbing closer to more seasonable levels by Tuesday afternoon.
We're enjoying peak foliage locally here in Western MA this weekend. Peak colors will likely remain for the next several days lasting into next weekend.