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Western Mass expecting a quick burst of snow early this afternoon

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While there were no problems for the Tuesday morning commute, Western Massachusetts should expect snow showers to pick up in intensity for the early afternoon. 

Light flurries began reaching the ground in downtown Springfield around 9 a.m. Heavier bands of snow capable of producing snowfall rates of an inch per hour will develop around noon.

Hampden, Hampshire and western Franklin County was placed under a Winter Weather Advisory until 8 p.m. The National Weather Service issues these advisories when there is the potential of 3 to 6 inches of snow for much of the advised area. Downtown Springfield is expected to be around 4 inches with this storm.

Eastern Franklin County, on the other hand, was placed under a Winter Storm Warning along with north-central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. These locations may pick up 6 inches or more Tuesday.

Snow showers are expected to taper off for the evening commute, but motorists are advised that roads will be slushy and snow-covered for the mid-day snow.

Before today's snow, the snowfall total at Bradley International is already up to 46.0 inches so far this winter season.  An average winter at Bradley is 40.5 inches.  A total of 76.1 inches would be needed to reach the all-time top ten list.

The complete seven-day forecast can be found in the Weather section.

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