Southern New England Weather History - December

From the NWS Archives
Significant Weather Events for Boston and Southern New England -
Dec 2 Lowest pressure, 28.49 inches, 1942
Dec 4 Warmest minimum temperature, 57F, 1982
Dec 4-6 13.1 inches of snow, 1926
Dec 5-6 12.9 inches of snow, 1981
Dec 6 Warmest minimum temperature, 57F (again), 1982
Dec 7-8 Northeast gale and heavy glaze damage, 1914
Dec 12 13 inches of snow, greatest in 24 hours, 1960
Dec 16 Latest seasonal recorded trace of snow, 1973
Violent northeast gales and snow, 1896
Dec 20-22 Greatest snowstorm in December, 18.2 inches, 1975
Dec 21 Shortest average day of the year with 545 minutes of possible sun
Dec 22 14 inches of snow on the ground, greatest ever, 1975
Dec 22-24 12.7 inches of snow, 1970
Dec 24-25 Christmas storm of 1961. 10 plus inches of snow over region
Christmas storm of 1909. 12.3 inches of snow
Dec 25 11 inches snow depth, greatest ever for Christmas, 1995
Dec 26 Greatest one minute average wind velocity, west 73 mph, 1934
Dec 26-27 Greatest 24 hour precipitation total, 4.17 inches, 1969
Dec 27-30 Severe cold wave, 1933
Dec 29 73F, warmest temperature, 1984
-17F coldest temperature, 1933
Dec 30 2F, lowest high temperature, 1917
Greatest consecutive days with no measurable precipitation, 17 days (14-30), 1877

NWS Public Information Statements
and Event Records for Significant Snow and Ice Storms

*^* Dec.  2, 2002
*^* Dec.  4, 2005
A fast-moving winter storm passing south of New England produced between 1 and 3 inches of snow across interior Massachusetts on 4 December 2005. This snow caused a 10-car crash along Interstate 93 South at Roosevelt Circle in Medford, which resulted in the closure of this stretch of road for 2 hours. Five people, including one state trooper involved in the accident, suffered minor injuries from this weather-related automobile accident.
*^* Dec.  5, 2002 ... MAP
A winter storm passing about 200 miles southeast of Nantucket brought heavy snow to southeast Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands. Snowfall amounts averaged around 6 inches in these areas, while farther north and west, amounts of 2 to 5 inches were common throughout the rest of the Bay State. No storm damage or injuries were reported. Officially, a storm total of 6.0 inches was reported at the National Weather Service office in Taunton. Other snowfall totals included 8 inches in Bourne; 7 inches in Sandwich, Falmouth, Acushnet, New Bedford, West Tisbury, Nantucket, and Marshfield; and 6 inches in Dennis, Mansfield, Brockton, and Fairhaven.
*^* Dec. 5, 2003
A major winter storm brought heavy snow and strong winds to southern New England, dumping 1 to 3 feet of snow over a large area as it tracked slowly off the coast. In Massachusetts, snowfall amounts averaged 1 to 2 feet across most of the state, with as little as 6 to 12 inches near Cape Cod and the Islands, where most of the snow fell early in the storm before an eventual change to rain. Pockets of 28 to 35 inch amounts fell near Interstate 95 in Boston's southwest suburbs, as well as to the north of Boston from Everett to Peabody. The highest snowfall total reported was 36 inches in Peabody. Seas as high as 30 feet just off the eastern Massachusetts coast combined with an astronomically high tide to produce minor coastal flooding from Cape Ann through Scituate and Hull to Provincetown. A peak wind gust of 58 mph was reported at Provincetown during the height of the storm. There was one death indirectly attributed to the storm. A commuter-rail worker was struck by a freight train as he was clearing snow from the tracks near the Wellesley Hills station. Official snowfall totals from the storm included 25.9 inches at the National Weather Service Office in Taunton, 24.3 inches at Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, 16.9 inches at Logan International Airport in Boston, and 14.2 inches at Worcester Airport. Other snowfall totals, as reported by trained spotters, included 32 inches in Beverly; 30 inches in Topsfield; 29 inches in Everett; 27 inches in Swampscott; 25 inches in Malden and Wakefield; 24 inches in Brockton, East Mansfield, Foxborough, Needham, Randolph, and North Andover; 23 inches in Beverly, Manchester, Reading, East Cambridge, Westwood, and Norwood; 21 inches in Ashfield, Easton, Dover, Dedham, Walpole, and Jamaica Plain; 18 inches in Monson, West Brookfield, Stoneham, Bridgewater, and Seekonk; 14 inches in Leverett, Montgomery, Springfield, Warren, Fitchburg, Littleton, Billerica, Framingham, Gloucester, and Somerset; 12 inches in Whately, Ware, Worthington, Longmeadow, Southwick, Granville, Leicester, Spencer, Southbridge, Tewksbury, Lincoln, and Duxbury; 11 inches in West Falmouth; 8 inches in Eastham; 7 inches on Nantucket; and 6 inches in West Tisbury.
*^* Dec 5-7, 2003
A low pressure area formed over the southeastern states on December 5. At the same time, a large arctic high became established over eastern Canada. The storm tracked off the Virginia coastline on December 6, then took a track along the eastern seaboard as a classic nor'easter. The storm interacted with the strong high in eastern Canada, which caused it to move very slowly. It took over a day for the storm to move northeast of Cape Cod, which was not until late December 7. The result was the first major snowstorm of the early winter season across the Berkshires. Nine to 18 inches fell across the Berkshires with Dalton receiving 17 inches.
*^* Dec. 6, 1996
A low pressure system off the coast of New Jersey rapidly intensified during the morning hours of December 6. Heavy wet snow fell over the higher terrain of Berkshire County. The wet snow downed trees and power lines which resulted in power outages for several hundred customers. Some specific snowfall totals included: 13 inches at Mount Greylock and 9 inches at Peru.
Same Storm: An intensifying storm system moving eastward from the southeast tip of Long Island caused heavy, wet snow across Massachusetts to the west and north of Boston. It was the first major nor'easter of the season and, in addition to the heavy snow, it brought high winds to Cape Cod and Nantucket Island. Strong northeast winds occurred elsewhere in eastern Massachusetts, especially along the coast. A peak gust to 85 knots was reported offshore on Georges Bank. Very heavy snowfalls were reported from the higher terrain in the central and western part of the state. A maximum total of 18 inches was measured at Worthington at an elevation of 1,433 feet in the Berkshires in western Hampshire County. Springfield, at an elevation of about 100 feet, had less than 3 inches. Six inches of snow was reported from Westfield. The snow was heavy and wet, causing scattered power outages throughout central and western Massachusetts and it resulted in outages affecting up to 1,000 customers in the west and southwest suburbs of Boston. Very poor road conditions were reported in parts of western and central Massachusetts. Worcester had 10 inches of snow and some other totals included: Maynard, 8.5 inches; West Townsend, 8.3 inches; Hopkinton, 8 inches; and E. Woburn, 6 inches. Several inches of snow fell along the east coast at Hingham, while farther inland, over Bristol County, the National Weather Service in Taunton had 5 inches and Norton had 4 inches. There were reports of "thundersnow" from Bridgewater, Foxboro, and Wrentham. Cape Cod and the Islands had heavy rain and strong winds with a peak gust to 75 mph recorded at the airport control tower on Nantucket. On the Cape, a peak gust to 64 mph was reported from Chatham. Other peak wind gusts included: Otis AFB, Falmouth, 61 mph; Plymouth, 50 mph; and Winthrop, 46 mph.
*^* Dec. 7, 1996
A low pressure system centered over Georgia at 7 AM on December 7th moved rapidly northeast across North Carolina. The intensifying system then moved nearly parallel to the Mid-Atlantic coast with its center reaching Plymouth County in southeastern Massachusetts during the early morning hours of December 8th. Temperatures rose into the 50s along and east of the track of the low center...over Plymouth County and Cape Cod. Heavy precipitation occurred across all of Massachusetts with rain over coastal areas and the southeast part of the state and heavy snow in all of western and central Massachusetts and much of Middlesex and Essex counties in the northeastern part of the state. A very distinct rain-snow line existed throughout this storm. It was oriented from south-southwest to north-northeast and extended from extreme western Norfolk County across Middlesex County to Essex County. Lightning and thunder was observed during the evening of December 7th along the rain-snow line. Some snowfall totals for this storm event and totals on the ground from a heavy snowstorm which occurred on December 6th included: Ashburnham, 18 inches with 26 inches on the ground; West Townsend, 17 inches with 25 inches on the ground; Worcester, 14 inches; Ware, 13 inches with 15 inches on the ground; Westboro, 12.3 inches; Shrewsbury, 12.2 inches with 19 inches on the ground; Springfield, 8 inches; Greenfield, 6.1 inches with 9 inches on the ground; Tyngsboro, 6.0 inches; Billerica, 5 inches; and Lowell, 4.8 inches. The snow was especially wet and heavy, resulting in heavy damage to trees and power lines. Power lines and tree limbs began snapping under the weight of the snow shortly after 7 PM on Saturday evening, December 7th. Widespread power outages affecting tens of thousands of people occurred in Worcester, Middlesex, and Essex Counties. Statewide, about 500,000 people lost power at some point during the storm, but extended power outages (lasting several days) occurred in central Massachusetts and the Merrimack Valley and affected about 113,000 electric customers. Thousands of trees and limbs knocked down by the snow forced police to close sections of many roads. At least a couple of people received minor injuries from falling tree limbs. Hundreds of homes and vehicles were damaged when snow-laden tree limbs crashed down. Thousands of people endured several days with no power or heat and many left their homes for shelters set up by local governments and the American Red Cross. Strong to gale force east to southeast winds occurred over the southeast part of the state and especially along the coast from Cape Cod to the New Bedford area. A peak wind gust to 64 mph from the east-southeast was recorded at West Island on Buzzards Bay. In addition, heavy rain totalling 1.5 to just over 2 inches resulted in street flooding. A number of roads were reported completely flooded in the New Bedford area, where over 2 inches of rain was reported. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency stated that dollar damages totalled $4,080,700 for public -type damage. When private sector damage (trees onto homes, etc.) is taken into account, we have roughly estimated the total storm damage to be approximately $15 million.
Same Storm: During December 7 and 8, a low pressure system moved from the Chesapeake Bay northeast to Portland Maine. The winter storm dumped heavy wet snow across Berkshire County. Power outages were widespread as the heavy snow downed many trees and power lines. Snowfall reached 13 inches at Dalton. 
*^* Dec. 8, 2000
*^* Dec. 8, 2001 ... MAP
The season's first winter storm brought 6 to 9 inches of snow to most of western, north central, and interior eastern Massachusetts. The highest totals, around 9 inches, were reported from Franklin County into northern Worcester and Middlesex Counties. Snowfall totals decreased dramatically along the coast, to less than 4 inches. Since the storm occurred from Saturday night into Sunday morning, its overall impact was minimal with only a few minor accidents reported.
*^* Dec. 9, 1995
A secondary low pressure system developed in the Middle Atlantic states and then moved northeast with its center passing over south-eastern Massachusetts. This system dropped up to six to eight inches of snow in most of Franklin County. There were a few other isolated reports of six inches in the Connecticut Valley, where the snow was topped off by some freezing rain, resulting in very slippery roads during the evening.
*^* Dec. 9, 2001
An area of low pressure developed along a stalled front, which was located south of the Mason-Dixon Line, late on December 8th. This low had lots of subtropical moisture to work with as it moved east along the front, then off the Mid Atlantic coast by Sunday, December 9th. The air was cold enough for mostly snow across interior eastern New York and adjacent western New England. A band of heavier snowfall, 4 to 8 inches, accumulated across northern Berkshire County. Specific snowfall amounts included 7.4 inches at Williamstown and 7.1 inches at Savoy.
*^* Dec. 10, 1997
During the afternoon of December 10, moderate to heavy snow spread across southern Berkshire County. The snow moved in quickly from the south and fell at a heavy rate shortly after onset. The timing and rate of snowfall caused many traffic problems during the evening commute. The snowfall exhibited a very tight south north cutoff. In northern Berkshire County only a trace of snow was observed while southern areas received a general snowfall of 6 to 12 inches. Some specific snowfall totals included: 10 to 12 inches at Beckect, 8 inches at Southfield, 6 inches at Lenoxdale and 6 inches at Egremont.
*^* Dec. 11, 2002 ... MAP
Heavy snow affected the higher terrain of western Franklin and western Hampshire counties. Amounts averaged 8 to 10 inches, with as little as 2 to 4 inches reported in the valleys. No damage or injuries were reported. Some specific snowfall totals included 11 inches in Williamsburg; 10 inches in Goshen and Plainfield; 9 inches in Shelburne; and 8 inches in Worthington.
*^* Dec. 13, 1994
A light snowfall of less than one-half inch produced a "black ice" condition when the snow melted and then froze into a thin film of ice under the tires of vehicular traffic. There were numerous skidding accidents. A 20-car chain reaction pile-up occurred on a Route 3A bridge at the Hingham-Weymouth line, resulting in considerable property damage to vehicles and nine (indirect) injuries.
*^* Dec. 14, 1995
A relatively warm and moist airmass overunning cold air near the surface resulted in a period of heavy snow across the region. Snowfall totals of six to eight inches were reported from Boston westward and northward across the state. The snow changed to light freezing rain and drizzle before precipitation ended, producing a thin layer of ice. The snowstorm snarled traffic on icy highways across the state and resulted in dozens of accidents. Evening commuters in the Boston area saw roads looking like "parking lots". Many commuters were delayed several hours getting home and some people called this the worst commute in several years. A woman was killed in a head-on collision on snow covered roads in Easton. Boston's Logan International Airport was closed for several hours. Colleges, schools and many businesses closed early.
*^* Dec. 14, 1997
Strong northwest winds accompanied the arrival of an Arctic airmass. Blinding snow squalls produced white-out conditions for a short time in many places in central and eastern Massachusetts. Thunder-snow was reported at both Hopkinton and Natick. Snow accumulations generally were less than a half inch. High winds occurred in Milton atop Blue Hill, where the Observatory recorded a peak gust to 62 mph and zero visibility in a snow squall. A few other places reporting near zero visibility in the snow included Marblehead, Westwood, Lexington, and Hopkinton. Westfield, in the Connecticut Valley, reported a peak gust to 56 mph. Other peak wind gusts included: Lawrence, 54 mph; Boston, 52 mph; Goshen, 50 mph; Falmouth, Nantucket, and Lexington, 49 mph.
*^* Dec. 14, 2000
*^* Dec. 14-15, 2003
A low pressure area formed in the Gulf States early on December 14. This storm hugged the coast line as it tracked northward to become the second nor'easter of the winter season. This storm moved a little quicker than its predecessor. In addition, enough warm air moved in aloft to change the snow to sleet and freezing rain, thus reducing snow fall accumulations, especially in southern sections of the county. By the time the storm moved off the New England coastline, 5 to 10 inches of snow had accumulated in Berkshire County. The city of West Otis received 10.5 inches, the most reported in the county.
Same Storm: Low pressure tracking from the mid Atlantic states to southeast New England brought heavy snow and strong winds to Massachusetts. Snowfall totals of 6 to 10 inches were widely observed from the east slopes of the Berkshires into north central and interior northeast Massachusetts. Locations along and south of the Massachusetts Turnpike received lesser amounts, on the order of 3 to 6 inches, since warmer air coming in off the ocean caused the snow to change to rain. Heavy snow across the interior combined with strong winds to produce dangerous travel conditions, due to the combination of falling snow and 40 to 50 mph winds. This resulted in dozens of minor traffic accidents throughout the region. Official snowfall totals from the storm included 7.0 inches at Worcester Airport, 4.4 inches at Logan International Airport in Boston, and 3.8 inches at the National Weather Service Office in Taunton. Other snowfall totals, as reported by trained spotters, included 11 inches in Goshen and Russell; 10 inches in Northfield; 8 inches in Ashfield, Orange, Leverett, South Hadley, Ashburnham, and Pepperell; 7 inches in Montgomery, Westfield, Westhampton, Bolton, Littleton, Groton, Reading, Haverhill, Methuen, and North Andover; and 6 inches in Greenfield, Colrain, Amherst, Springfield, West Brookfield, Fitchburg, Tyngsboro, Acton, Topsfield, and Newburyport.
*^* Dec. 15, 2004
*^* Dec. 16, 2002
*^* Dec. 19-20, 2004
Heavy snow blanketed parts of central and western Massachusetts, as low pressure tracked southeast of New England. Totals averaging 6 inches were reported in northern Worcester, eastern Hampshire, and eastern Hampden Counties, with lower amounts farther east where rain and sleet mixed in and held down storm totals. Official snowfall totals included 3.8 inches at Worcester Airport, 1.0 inch at the National Weather Service office in Taunton, and 0.6 inch at Logan International Airport in Boston. Other snowfall totals, as reported by trained spotters, included 8 inches in Amherst and at Birch Hill Dam; 7 inches in Westfield, Athol and Gardner, and 6 inches in Monson, Boylston, West Brookfield, Leicester, and Templeton.
*^* Dec. 20, 1999
Light freezing rain developed in the deeper valleys of western and central Massachusetts, as rain fell into a shallow layer of below freezing air at the surface. The resultant light coating of ice created "black ice" on many roadways in the region, causing dozens of car accidents. Portions of Interstates 91 and 190 were closed for a time due to accidents. Greenfield and Northampton were especially hard hit by the slick driving conditions.
*^* Dec. 20, 2000
*^* Dec. 22, 1998
Sudden snow squalls near the beginning of the evening rush hour in the Greater Boston area brought a dusting to an inch of snow which quickly iced area roads. Multiple car accidents occurred on several bridges. Scores of skidding accidents resulted in gridlock on a number of streets in and around the City of Boston. There were also several serious accidents on the Expressway. This event set a record for the latest date of the first measurable snowfall in any season in the Greater Boston area.
*^* Dec. 22, 2000
*^* Dec. 23, 1997
A low pressure system developing off the Delaware coast brought over a foot of heavy snow over a large area, including western and central Massachusetts and much of Norfolk, Middlesex, and Essex Counties in the eastern part of the state. A portion of northern Worcester County and northern Middlesex County received nearly 2 feet of snow! Parts of Bristol and Suffolk Counties received 6 to 8 inches of snow. The heavy snowfall caught everyone by surprise and was also a surprise to weather forecasters. The low pressure system slowed its forward movement and intensified more than expected. What was very unusual was the extreme intensity of the snowfall, with phenomenal hourly snowfall totals reported by many observers during the morning between 9:30 AM and about Noon. A total of 8 inches fell during one hour in Ayer while 6 inches fell during an hour in both Chelmsford and Shrewsbury. Maximum storm totals occurred in northern Middlesex County, where Dracut had 23.5 inches. Other totals from that area included: Pepperell, 22.0 inches; Ayer and Townsend, 21.0 inches; and Chelmsford, 20.4 inches. In Essex County, totals ranged from 14.5 inches in Methuen to 8 inches in Gloucester and Newburyport. In Worcester County, some totals included: Clinton, 19 inches; Worcester Airport, 18 inches; Shrewsbury, 16.8 inches; Northbridge, 14..0 inches; Ashburnham, 13.5 inches; and Barre Falls, 9.0 inches. Maximum totals in Franklin County included 8 inches in Charlemont and Greenfield. In Hampden County, the maximum was 13.0 inches in East Brimfield. In Hampshire County, Amherst had 16.0 inches. Maximum totals in Norfolk County included 11.1 inches atop Blue Hill in Milton and 10 inches in Bellingham. Hundreds of autos and trucks became stuck on hilly sections of Route 495 and Route 9. More than 20,000 electric customers lost power at one time or another in Burlington, Waltham, Woburn, Somerville, Newton, and surrounding towns as heavy, wet snow brought down numerous tree limbs. About 3,400 electric customers lost power in the Merrimack Valley. Most power was restored by the end of the day. Holiday travelers were stranded at Logan International Airport in Boston, where the storm total reached 6.8 inches.
*^* Dec. 24, 1997
Late Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning, light freezing rain spread across Berkshire County. Initially the freezing rain was mixed with sleet. The light coating of freezing rain produced hazardous driving conditions especially during the early morning hours. Due to the light traffic flow only scattered accidents occurred. By mid morning the light freezing rain ended as temperatures rose into the middle and upper 30s.
*^* Dec. 24, 1998
A low pressure system intensified as it moved across the offshore waters during the early morning hours. This storm system brought the heaviest snowfall to southeast coastal Massachusetts, where the snow lasted nearly 10 hours. The northern fringe of the snow reached the northern and northwest suburbs of Boston. The greatest snowfall reported was over 9 inches over the south part of the town of Plymouth. Other totals of 6 inches or more included 8 inches in downtown Plymouth, Provincetown, and Truro; 7.5 inches in Cataumet; 7 inches in Eastham, Sandwich, and Whitehorse Beach in Plymouth; 6.5 inches in Pocasset and West Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard, and also in Somerset; 6.2 inches in Carver and Fairhaven; and 6.0 inches in Bridgewater, New Bedford, and West Wareham.
*^* Dec. 25, 2002 ... MAP
20051205noreaster A major winter storm impacted southern New England on Christmas Day, bringing heavy, wet snow and high winds to the Bay State. The greatest snowfall accumulations were reported from the east slopes of the Berkshires into central and northeast Massachusetts, where 8 to 15 inches of snow fell. Around 6 inches of snow fell in the greater Boston area, with 2 to 5 inches in Bristol and Plymouth Counties. The weight of the snow, combined with strong northeast winds, brought down trees and power lines throughout much of Worcester County and the Merrimack Valley. About 29,000 customers lost power in these areas during the height of the storm, many on the northern end of Interstate 495. High winds were reported in the immediate Boston area and also on Nantucket. At Logan International Airport, sustained winds reached 40 mph during the late afternoon, while at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton sustained winds reached 45 mph with a peak gust to 65 mph. On Nantucket, sustained winds of 41 mph were reported. Official storm totals included 13.5 inches at Worcester Airport, 10.7 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 5.4 inches at Logan International Airport, and 2.8 inches at the National Weather Service office in Taunton. Other snowfall totals from the storm included 18 inches in Middlefield; 16 inches in Goshen; 15 inches in Byfield; 12 inches in Newburyport, Pepperell, Townsend, and Shrewsbury; 10 inches in North Andover, Ayer, Reading, Sterling, West Brookfield, Sunderland, West Springfield and Hadley; 8 inches in Methuen, Lexington, Fitchburg, and Sutton; and 6 inches in Waltham, Winthrop, and Northbridge.
Same Storm: A low pressure area from the Mississippi Valley rapidly redeveloped along the North Carolina coast early on Christmas morning. The storm then tracked northeast, along the atlantic coast, reaching just south of eastern Long Island by late Christmas night, while deepening dramatically. With plenty of cold polar air in place, the stage was set for a significant snowstorm across the Berkshires. The snow began in earnest around midday. During the late day and evening hours snowfall rates averaged 1-3 inches per hour. Around a foot of snow fell across the county. Specifically, Dalton reported 10.1 inches and Williamstown, 12.3 inches of snowfall accumulation.
The Snowiest Christmas Day Ever Recorded
*^* Dec. 26-27, 2004
A powerful winter storm brought heavy snow and strong winds to much of eastern Massachusetts. The highest snowfall totals were reported in southeast Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the Islands, where amounts of 10 to 18 inches were common. A secondary maximum of 10 to 18 inch amounts was observed along the eastern Massachusetts coast, where a period of ocean effect snow in the morning preceded the snowfall from the storm. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph during the height of the storm brought down power lines on Cape Cod, leaving about 19,000 customers without power. Dozens of accidents were reported as a result of slick roads and poor visibility. Official snowfall totals included 14 inches at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, 11.3 inches at the National Weather Service office in Taunton, 7.4 inches at Worcester Airport, and 6.6 inches at Logan International Airport in Boston. Other snowfall totals, as reported by trained spotters, included 19 inches in Beverly; 18 inches in Brewster and Chatham; 17 inches in Rowley; 15 inches in Sandwich and Marstons Mills; 14 inches on Nantucket; 12 inches in Orleans, South Dartmouth, Manchester, Salem, and Swampscott; 11 inches in Hyannis, Fall River, Fairhaven, Norton, Norwood, Needham, Ipswich, and Georgetown; 9 inches in Edgartown, West Tisbury, Marshfield, Foxborough, the Back Bay section of Boston, Winthrop, Woburn, Everett, and Newburyport; 8 inches in Medway, Newton, Waltham, Framingham, Billerica, and Methuen; and 6 inches in Seekonk, Northbridge, Chelmsford, and Groton.
*^* Dec. 28, 1997
*^* Dec. 29, 1993
Six to twelve inches of snow fell across the eastern portion of the state. Some amounts were as follows: Hingham, 12.0 inches; Taunton, 11.0 inches; Boston, 10.0 inches; Swampscott, 9.0 inches; Martha's Vineyard, 9.0 inches; New Bedford, 7.0 inches; Leominster, 6.0 inches. Cape Cod had six to eight inches, with six inches of heavy, wet snow reported at Chatham. There were numerous school cancellations and a difficult morning commute throughout the region.
*^* Dec. 29-30, 1997
On December 29 and 30, a winter storm tracked from Cape Hatteras to northern New England. This storm produced heavy snow across Berkshire County, with snowfall totals of 5 to 10 inches common. At Pittsfield, 10 inches of snow fell. The heaviest snow occurred in the higher elevations and in the northern part of the county. The wet snow and strong gusty winds caused scattered power outages.
*^* Dec. 29, 1998
A low pressure system passing southeast of Cape Cod brought heavy snowfall of up to 7 inches to the highest elevations in Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, and northern Worcester Counties. Some of the highest totals reported include 7.0 inches in Phillipston and Tully Lake, 6.6 inches in Westfield, 6.5 inches in Goshen, and 6.0 inches in Belchertown.
Same Storm: A series of low pressure systems moved along a frontal boundary along the eastern seaboard to produce snow in Northwestern Massachusetts. The snow started on the morning of December 29 and ended early on December 30. Generally 3 to 6 inches of snow fell across the Berkshires, but at higher elevations 12 inches fell at Peru and 10 inches fell at Savoy.
*^* Dec. 30, 2000
The season's first winter storm dumped up to a foot of snow across western and central Massachusetts. Since the storm occurred on a Saturday, no major problems with travel were noted, aside from flight delays at Worcester Regional Airport. The axis of highest snowfall totals, around one foot, ran from the east slopes of the Berkshires in Hampshire and Hampden Counties across much of Worcester County and into northern Middlesex County. From the immediate Boston area to the south shore, snow changed to rain after 1 to 4 inches of accumulation. Some snowfall totals reported include 12 inches in Palmer, Townsend, Westford, Fitchburg, and Spencer; 10 to 11 inches in Holland, Southwick, Northampton, Littleton, Tyngsboro, Worcester, and Sturbridge; 8 to 10 inches in Leverett, Chicopee, West Springfield, Amherst, Hopkinton, and Westboro; and 6 to 8 inches in Sunderland, Agawam, Williamsburg, Lowell, Bellingham, and West Brookfield.
20001230noreaster Same Storm: Energy from a strong upper level disturbance, diving southeast from the northern Plains into the Ohio Valley, developed a coastal area of low pressure off the DelMarVa pennisula by early Saturday December 30. This low deepened while tracking almost due northward, about 50 miles east of the coastline. The storm reached central Long Island by mid afternoon and interior southern New England by the evening hours. The low then tracked more to the northeast near the I-95 Corridor and slid off the coastline near Boston by early Sunday December 31. With plenty of cold air in place, this storm brought a significant snowstorm to Berkshire county. A general 7 to 14 inch swath of snow fell across the county, with Savoy reporting 13 and Dalton 7.6 inches respectively. Since the snow fell during a holiday weekend, the impact of the storm was minimized. No major problems were reported to the National Weather Service. There was some blowing and minor drifting reported with the snow.
*^* Dec. 31 1994
Northampton Area,Very hazardous road conditions developed during New Years Eve when freezing rain began and quickly coated roads with ice. In Holyoke, officials were forced to close two bridges due to a rash of accidents. Multiple-vehicle accidents occurred on Route 202 and Interstate 91. Interstate 391 was virtually at a standstill at 10:05 P.M. State police in Northampton were inundated with reports of accidents.

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