Freezing Rain Warning


Storm Updates / Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT

DATE: February 6, 2019
SUBJECT: Freezing Rain and Ice Accumulation Tonight Through Tomorrow

Situation

The National Weather Service is forecasting that a mainly freezing rain event with some sleet mixed-in will develop starting between 6 and 9 PM this evening. Freezing rain will continue through Thursday morning before tapering off and transitioning to drizzle by midday Thursday. Up to .25 inches of ice accretion is possible, especially in central and western Massachusetts.

Greatest Concern:

  • Icing during the Thursday AM commute, especially across interior areas of Southern New England away from the immediate coast.
  • Untreated roads will become slick resulting in hazardous travel conditions.
  • There is a low risk of downed limbs due to the weight of ice with the potential for isolated power outages.

Uncertainty:

  • It is still unclear how far south freezing rain impacts will extend. It is entirely possible that locations across southeast coastal Massachusetts (southern Bristol and southern Plymouth Counties), including the upper Cape, could see a brief period of freezing rain this evening, before transitioning to rain around midnight. Future forecasts will help refine this forecast.

MEMA Operations

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. Cities and towns wishing to share information or request assistance should contact their MEMA regional office or MEMA’s 24/7 communications center at 508-820-2000.

Preparedness and Safety Information

Stay Informed:

Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: http://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app.

Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools: http://www.mass.gov/map-resources

Online Resources:
For additional information and resources, visit:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service/Norton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org

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