With a stretch of days in the upper 70s and 80s, we are full steam ahead towards summer.
It took some time getting to this point. It seemed as if the snow and cold was never going to end with one Nor'easter after another.
Winter seemed like it just wouldn't end and had western Massachusetts dreaming of tropical islands, but was it especially bad?
In last few years, western Massachusetts has gradually transitioned into winter. This year, December and January arrived with snow and cold temperatures.
Joe Dellacarpini, acting meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Boston, said that people's minds flipped over to spring that month.
"We got to February. It got nice and warm. People were enjoying 70+ degree weather, maybe almost 80 weather in some spots. Everyone said winter's done and well, not so quick," Dellacarpini explained.
March roared in like a lion with back - to back - to back Nor'easters, officially dumping 12 inches of snow during those three storms.
Springfield missed the bulk of the storms while nearby towns got a lot more!
April wasn't much better.
Temperatures were well below-average as another inch of snow fell.
The seasonal snow total for winter 2017-2018 was about 43 inches, slightly below average for the area.
Maybe it was the prolonged cold periods or the back-loaded snow fall, but winter was fairly normal for western Massachusetts.
Our neighbors weren't as lucky. Worcester ended winter with nearly 100 inches of snow - a difference of 50 inches of snow over 45 miles.
The unofficial start of summer is just days away and fortunately for western Massachusetts, winter 2017-2018 is in the rear-view mirror.
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