Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) issued the following "Situational Awareness Statement" today at 09:15.
SUBJECT: Winter Storm Warnings Midmorning Thursday into Friday.
SITUATION: A fast moving nor’easter is forecast to impact the state Thursday morning into Friday. At this time, the southeast and east coastal areas of the state are expected to receive mostly rainfall. However, interior Massachusetts, particularly to the north and west of Worcester, may receive moderate to heavy snowfall with accumulations of 12” to 18” in north central Massachusetts, and 6” to 12” in other areas west of Rte. 495. The bulk of the precipitation will occur from late Thursday morning into Thursday night. Strong winds will accompany the storm and will last into Friday. Gusts from 40 MPH to 50 MPH are forecast for the southeast and east coastal areas of the state, and gusts from 30 MPH to 40 MPH are expected elsewhere. Winter Storm Warnings are posted for Berkshire County and portions of western and north central Massachusetts, including western Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, northern Worcester, and northwest Middlesex Counties. A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect across portions of northern Connecticut, south central Massachusetts, and east interior Massachusetts. US National Weather Service Boston MA has expanded the Winter Storm Watch into western Essex County. This area may be converted to Winter Storm Warnings or Winter Weather Advisories as the track and character of the storm becomes more apparent.
PROJECTED SNOWFALL: Current forecast projections are indicating the heaviest snowfall will be west of I-495 and north of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are forecast for most of this area, with 8” to 12” forecast for north of the Turnpike, and 12” to 18” in north central Massachusetts. However, a shift in the track could greatly impact the snowfall amounts. 3 to 6 inches of snow is forecast along the I-495 corridor.