The weather in the Pioneer Valley during most of the school year is cold—frigid even. The wind howls right through the entire valley in the winter. Snow is a permanent sight from late December through March, and the lakes will remain frozen over for an even longer period of time. Basically, be ready for long winters, and dress warmly. Boots will help you out—the ground becomes treacherous after a snowfall with ice melting during the day and refreezing at night. Some winters garner more snow than others, with the pattern seeming to be that every other winter sees a heavy snowfall and storms lasting well into early spring. Learn to love the snow if you don’t already!
The other side of the weather here is the experience of absolutely gorgeous days in the fall. You will get beautiful, deep colors in the leaves on the trees. You will also get relatively warm weather through mid-October, guaranteed, and if you’re lucky, into early November. Enjoy this time, and go outside as often as you can because once the leaves have fallen, the first really cold spell won’t be long in coming. Endure the winter and the mud season of March, when things are melting but not quite ready to become green yet, and you’ll be rewarded with another season of warm weather. Just be ready for April to be a freakish month, as both 90-degree weather and snowstorms have been known to come within days of each other. Be prepared for summer to seem as outlandishly hot as winter was outlandishly cold!