MEMA Situational Awareness Statement

Winter storm in Western, Central Mass. Wind and rain on Cape

From Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:


DATE: December 29, 2016
TIME: 10:00 AM
SUBJECT: Winter Storm Midmorning Thursday into Friday

SITUATION: A fast moving winter storm will bring mixed precipitation across the Commonwealth starting mid-morning today into Friday. Confidence in snowfall amounts along the I-495 corridor to the north of the Turnpike and along the Massachusetts Turnpike west of I-495 (Springfield to Worcester) is lower due to uncertainty regarding the amount of rain that will mix with the snow. Strong westerly wind gusts of 45-55 mph are expected tonight across central/eastern MA, particularly Boston onto the North Shore. There is low risk for brief wind gusts near 60 mph from Boston to Cape Ann. The strongest wind gusts will occur between 8 pm this evening and 4 am Friday morning. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampshire; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex; Western Franklin; Western Hampden; and Western Hampshire counties until 4 am Friday. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Berkshire County until 7 am Friday.

Maximum snowfall rates, up to 1’’ to 2’’ per hour this afternoon into early evening in the northwest and north central areas of the state. 
 Accumulations of 6’’ to 12’’ of snow is forecast in the higher elevations of the Berkshires and Worcester Hills. 2” to 3” is forecast for the I-495 corridor to the north of the Turnpike, and along the Turnpike from Worcester to Springfield. 4” to 6” is forecast for southern Berkshire County. Snow should taper off rapidly around midnight. Areas east and south of I-95 will experience mainly a rain event.

Hazardous driving conditions due to snow covered roads and poor visibility. The evening commute will be impacted by the snow.
Downed tree limbs and isolated power outages, especially Boston onto the North Shore where damage may be more widespread due to strong winds, and north central Massachusetts where the snow may be particularly heavy.

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