Temperatures fell into the 20s all across western Mass on Sunday morning. Barnes Air Field in Westfield recorded 24 and it was 22 at Westover A.R.B. in Chicopee. The solid freeze has ended the growing season. The record low for Sunday's date remains at 19 set in 1978.
To add to the winter feel, many reported snow showers and there was even a coating of snow in Northfield and many hill towns west of the valley. This is not unusual as the 2nd half of November averages a trace to an inch of snow depending on elevation and the peaks of the Berkshires usually see their first snowfall.
Temperatures will plunge once again tonight with near record low temperatures and another hard freeze throughout most of New England. The record low for Monday is again at 19 (1974). No doubt you'll have to dress for winter as you head to work and school Monday morning as we'll be within a degree of the record by 7 am.
The chill begins its departure Monday afternoon as we close in on 50 with full sunshine and a SW breeze. Our beautiful autumn weather returns if you don't like the cold. A mid-week warm up is expected with temperatures climbing closer to more seasonable levels by Tuesday afternoon with mid 60s expected through Thursday afternoon.
The next cold front will push through bringing a return to cooler conditions for the upcoming weekend.