Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — On Easter Sunday, March 30, it was sunny and mild.
Temperatures reached into the upper 50′s and lower 60′s. Spring was in the air.
However, things would change fast and in less than forty-eight hours, most of southern New England would be digging our from one of its biggest snowstorms on record!
It will forever be known as “The April Fools Blizzard” but this storm was no joke!
The cold air started draining into the area on Monday, March 31, while at the same time energy was diving out of the Upper Great Lake States.
This piece of energy hit the coast and exploded into a major Nor’easter. The rain changed to snow Monday afternoon and just as the sun was going down heavy snow with snowfall rates up to 2 inches per hour moved in.
It snowed all night with gusty winds and blizzard conditions. The heavy snow was accompanied with thunder and lightning as well.
By the next morning, April 1st, nearly 18″ of snow had piled up in Springfield with some areas seeing over two feet of heavy wet snow.
The heavy nature of the snow took down small trees, limbs and power lines, knocking out power to thousands.
While Springfield saw 18″ of snow Boston picked up 25 inches, Providence 18 inches and Worcester 33 inches.
For Springfield, it was the cities eigth biggest snowstorm on record! It’s still Worcester’s largest snowstorm since records have been kept, in 1905, and for Boston it ranks number two.
All this, 16 years ago today, 1997!