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Tale of Two Valleys, with Some Areas Getting Several Inches of Snow

PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — We’ve had a mix of rain and a bit of sleet for a while this afternoon, but this morning, residents in towns east on the Mass. Turnpike woke up to several inches of the white stuff.

While the early snow wasn’t a major problem for residents in the Pioneer Valley, surrounding communities weren’t so lucky.

It was a mid winter scene, six weeks before the official start of the season. A blanket of wet snow for many communities in western Massachusetts.

“We didnt want it,okay? And when you get to the Brimfield line towards Sturbridge, the elevation rises. Theres always another couple inches there more than anywhere else. [Were you shocked to gte snow on Nov. 8.] Yes I am. Florida looks better everyday,” says Dennis Choquette of Palmer.

The Pioneer Valley was spared the bulk of the powdery intrusion. A dusting of the white stuff in Springfield overnight.

However, further east along the Pike, the totals started to grow.

A winter-like wonderland in West Warren with four inches. Albert Taberge was up early clearing the parking lot of the senior center.

“I knew it was coming down pretty good. I just looked out. Did a little shoveling here and there,” Talberge says.

At The Village Market, Cheryl Gagnon had a slippery ride to work and a sigh when she realized its not even Thanksgiving yet.

“[When you look at the calendar and see November 8th and you see the snowfall what do you think?] I’m scared. We are going to have a terrible winter im hoping not we didn’t have it last year we got spoiled,” Gagnon adds.

There was enough snow and wind to keep travel times down for early morning commuters.

“I heard they had 8 inches in East Brookfield and Spencer. [Pretty impressive snow totals for this time of year.] Yea it is!”

“[What would think if i told you this was the last snow of the season?] Good! I’d love it! [You believe me?] Yea..I believe you.”

What everyone can believe, is that this mornings snow was just a preview of coming attractions

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