Cold Wind Chills and Accumulating Snow (Info as of 9 AM on 12/16/16)
An arctic air mass remains in place, causing bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills as low as 15 below-zero through today. The Berkshires could experience wind chills as low as 25 below-zero through the morning. The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting accumulating snow to overspread the area late tonight into Saturday morning. Snowfall totals could reach 1-3 inches over Southeast MA and 4-6 inches over north, west and central portions of MA, with up to 8 inches possible over higher terrains such as the Berkshires. A period of moderate to heavy snow is expected before changing to rain from south to north late Saturday morning through the afternoon. Interior locations may experience freezing rain during the transition from snow to rain.
• Frostbite and hypothermia possible for those without proper protection from the cold. Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes for unprotected skin.
• Hazardous driving conditions and visibility reduced to half a mile
Preparedness and Safety Information
• Safety and preparedness tips for extreme cold are available at: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/cold/
• Winter storm preparedness and safety information is available at: http://www.mass.gov/…/agenc…/mema/emergencies/winter-storms/
• Download the free Massachusetts Alerts app to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.
Graphic via US National Weather Service Boston MA