Storm Warning Wednesday – Thursday


Uncategorized / Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

DATE: February 27, 2019
TIME: 1:00 PM
SUBJECT: Winter Weather Forecast Wednesday –Thursday

Situation

The National Weather Service is forecasting a plowable snow event beginning late this afternoon and continuing through the early morning hours on Thursday.  While the onset is forecast to begin late this afternoon, there may be impacts to the Thursday morning commute. Temperatures are also forecast to be cold, with widespread values from the upper teens through about 20 degrees.

Updated Forecast Information by National Weather Service:

What has changed …

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY expanded to include all of Massachusetts.

What / Where / When …

  • Light snow will spread across all of Southern New England.
    • Beginning late this afternoon into evening for the CT River Valley, 4 to 6 pm, spreading over the remainder of S New England, 6 to 8 pm.
    • Bulk of the snowfall occurring around 10 pm to 4 am Thursday with snowfall rates less than an inch per hour.
    • Snow tapering 4 am to 7 am Thursday, west to east.
    • Total snow accumulations around 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amounts.
      • The potential exists for a swath of 3-6 inches of snow within 20 miles north or south of the MA-Pike, including the Berkshires and greater Worcester and Boston Metro Areas.
      • Not ruling out amounts that could come close to warning-level criteria of 6-inches

Impacts … 

  • Hartford / Springfield / Worcester metro areas … will see snow develop into this evenings commute.
    • Any accumulations on roadways should be light, mainly a dusting … bigger concern will be reduced visibility.
  • Boston / Providence metro areas  … will see snow lingering during the early morning commute on Thursday before ending.
    • Slick surfaces with any untreated roads in addition to reduced visibility.
  • With any snow … and given temperatures will be around 20 degrees, upper teens for most areas throughout the event.
    • Snow will accumulate on all surfaces.
    • A light and fluffy snow, with snowfall rates less than an inch per hour, should make for easy and quick clean-up.
    • However treatments may have difficulty working given cold temperatures forecast overnight.
    • Expect reductions in visibility and hazardous travel conditions.

Find your local forecast at the following:https://forecast.weather.gov/gridpoint.php?site=box&TypeDefault=graphical

MEMA Operations

MEMA is currently operating at Level I (Steady State/ Monitoring).  MEMA will continue to monitor forecast information and will share additional situational awareness as needed.

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.htmll

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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