Ongoing Wind Event + Winter Weather Wednesday
MEMA continues to monitor a sustained wind event affecting the Commonwealth. Winds are not forecast to be as extreme as yesterday, however gusts reaching 40-50 MPH are possible. There is a continued risk for down trees/limbs, and continued power outages. Winds may also limit the ability for utility companies to restore power. The risk of strong winds should be over by this evening. Additional detail on the sustained cold temperatures and forecast winter weather are provide by the National Weather Service below.
MEMA has received numerous reports from around the Commonwealth, including damage to buildings, and numerous road closures, downed trees and power lines. MEMA’s three Regional Offices have been in touch with impacted communities, to gather situational awareness and assess potential resource needs. No resource requests have currently been received by the Regional Offices or the SEOC.
MEMA Communications has also been working with various communications agencies to address impacts to the Commonwealth Interoperable Radio System, tower sites, and a downed Fiber line to the New Braintree State Police Barracks. This downed fiber line is affecting some 911, CJIS, and other state networks. Utilities are on scene and repairs are ongoing.
- Light to moderate snowfall.
- Snowfall rates generally below 1 inch/hour.
- Total snowfall of 1-4 inches possible based on current forecast.
- Some impacts to Wednesday evening and Thursday Morning commutes.
- Snow overspreads from West-East between mid afternoon and evening Wednesday.
- Snow continues Wednesday night.
- Snow tapers off Thursday morning 5-7 AM CT and Western MA, 6-8 AM Central MA , 7-10 AM RI and Eastern MA.
- All of Southern New England
- Highest totals in the East Slopes of the Berkshires
Updated Forecast Information by National Weather Service:
Winds will continue to impact Southern New England through the afternoon but not as extreme as yesterday. A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for the East Slopes of the Berkshires and Northern Worcester County for late tonight and Wednesday morning. Another weather system will pass Southern New England Wednesday night and Thursday morning. This will bring a few inches of accumulating snow for late Wednesday into early Thursday.
- Gusts continue to reach 40-50 mph during the day.
- Continued risk for downed trees/limbs, along with continued power outages. Winds may limit ability for utility companies to restore power.
- The risk should be fully over by this evening.
- A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for the East Slopes of the Berkshires and Northern Worcester County for tonight and Wednesday morning. This advisory area also includes Eastern Franklin County.
- Wind Chills in this area tonight will reach 15 to 20 degrees below zero.
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
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