NOAA: Winter storm warning issued for Saturday into Sunday

Warning in effect 7 a.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday

Here's the update from NOAA in the 3 p.m. hour:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
253 PM EST FRI JAN 6 2017

MAZ019-022>024-070400-
/O.UPG.KBOX.WS.A.0001.170107T1200Z-170108T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KBOX.WS.W.0001.170107T1200Z-170108T0900Z/
EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PLYMOUTH...CHATHAM...FALMOUTH...
PROVINCETOWN...VINEYARD HAVEN...NANTUCKET
253 PM EST FRI JAN 6 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING FROM 7 AM SATURDAY TO 4 AM EST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SATURDAY TO 4 AM
EST SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...INCLUDE SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS
  INCLUDING CAPE COD...MARTHAS VINEYARD...AND NANTUCKET.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION...OF 12 TO 16 INCHES.

* TIMING...SNOW OVERSPREADS THE AREA SATURDAY MORNING BECOMING
  HEAVY AT TIMES SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING...THEN TAPERING
  OFF LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS...NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE AS SNOW BECOMES
  HEAVY AT TIMES ALONG WITH GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS RESULTING IN
  CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW WITH NEAR WHITE OUT
  CONDITIONS FORECAST. UNTREATED ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND
  SLICK. VISIBILITY WILL BE REDUCED. TRAVEL WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS.

* WINDS...NORTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN AN AVERAGE SNOWFALL OF 6
INCHES OR MORE IS EXPECTED WITHIN A 12 HOUR PERIOD...OR FOR 8
INCHES OR MORE IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD.

TRAVEL WILL BE SLOW AT BEST ON WELL TREATED SURFACES...AND QUITE
DIFFICULT ON UNTREATED SURFACES. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN
YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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