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(WGGB) — With some snow in the forecast for this weekend, we know many of you may have had questions about the timing and snowfall totals.

Friday, ABC40 First Warning Meteorologists Dan Brown and Rick Sluben took to Facebook, Twitter, and wggb.com to answer your weather-related questions.

We want to thank all of you for your participation in today’s chats, and we look forward to hosting additional ones in the future.

In case you missed today’s opportunity, you can still see what was asked of Dan and Rick.

> CLICK HERE for the questions, and responses posted on Facebook from the morning chat
> CLICK HERE for the questions, and responses, posted on Facebook from the evening chat

For the latest on this weekend’s forecast, you can check out the Weather page on wggb.com


  • smartinelli

    It is snowing in Deerfield. Do you think the notch(Amherst) will be slick when driving home (South Hadley) around 1:30 PM?

  • smartinelli

    Just want to be on email list so I had to make a comment. Please ignore

  • mike2244

    how much snow will westfield get?

  • Robert Nehmer

    If the jet stream controls the weather, what is the source of energy for the jet stream?

    • Rick Sluben

      The source is the sun! The sun differential heating of the globe creates the air masses and the wind. The jet stream simply separates these air masses. RS

  • Rick Sluben

    Westfield will vary between 6-10″ with the highest amounts in the west end in the hills near the Russell line. Rick

  • douglasmacarthur

    Rick, I saw your answer on Westfield and that made me think of another question. How big is the difference is snowfall totals between downtown Westfield, and say Wyben or even Southampton Road (10/202)? IS their any discernible difference?

    • Rick Sluben

      Well…yes. It depends on the storm but an elevation change of just a few hundred feet can make a big difference. That’s more typical in a late winter or spring snowfall. This one in Westfield should be fairly uniform. Though with the NE wind component, you can get some upslope enhancment in east facing slopes along the Berkshires (hill towns) so the more elevated west end of Westfield would do better. Wyban is in north end and it’s somewhat hilly too, so it would generally do better than the flatter Rt. 10/202 area.

      • douglasmacarthur

        When you say better do you mean more or less?