Snow is expected to develop starting Wednesday morning, overspreading all of Massachusetts by 11 AM. Snowfall may be heavy at the onset of the storm, and snow may be heavy and wet for a time. Snowfall will transition to sleet and/or freezing rain across interior northeast and central Massachusetts. In southeastern Massachusetts, snow will likely change to heavy rain. Precipitation will taper off around midnight.
Rain or freezing rain may turn back to snow as the system departs the New England region, resulting in a flash freeze late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Snowfall totals are expected to be up to 6-12 inches along and north of the Mass Pike, with higher totals to the north and west. Southeastern Massachusetts may see up to 3 inches of snow. There is the possibility of wind gusts of up to 40 MPH over the Cape and Islands.
There is still some uncertainty over where the rain/snow line ultimately sets up across southern New England, and consequently the total rain/snow forecast, as well as the amount of potential icing. The National Weather Service expects to have a better idea of precipitation type and snowfall totals by later today.
- Heavy wet snow may result in downed trees and tree limbs and isolated power outages, especially in northern and western Massachusetts.
- Snowfall is expected to result in hazardous travel on snow-covered roads. Travel impacts are likely during the Wednesday evening commute.
- A flash freeze Wednesday night or early Thursday may result in icy conditions on untreated roadways.
- Heavy rain in southeastern Massachusetts may cause ponding of water on roadways and inundation of low-lying areas.
Winter Storm watch period in Eastern Essex storm starting February 6th at 4am and ending February 8th at 1am.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the forecast and will disseminate additional Situational Awareness Statements as necessary.
Preparedness and Safety Information
- Safe winter driving tips
- Winter storm preparedness and safety information
- Power outage preparedness and safety information
- Flood safety tips
- Winter safety tips for pets
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