Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency issued the following statement at 08:45 today:
Heavy Snow and Blizzard Conditions Today and Tonight for Parts of the State (Info as of 8 AM on 1/7/17)
The National Weather Service has released an updated forecast for the snowstorm that will impact the state today and tonight. The forecast shows heavier snow pushing farther west than had been forecast yesterday. Snow will overspread the area between 10 AM and 1 PM, and the heaviest periods of snow will be this afternoon and evening. The snow will end late tonight into early tomorrow morning. Blizzard conditions with snowfall rates of 1” to 2” per hour are expected across southeast Massachusetts along with sustained winds of 20-30 MPH along the coast with gusts up to 45 MPH. Some areas of southeast Massachusetts, including the Cape and Islands, have the potential of receiving up to 20” to 24” of snow along with significant blowing and drifting.
• Generally untreated roads will become snow covered and slick.
• Visibility will be reduced to a quarter mile or less at times, especially for those areas covered by the Winter Storm and Blizzard Warnings.
• In southeast MA, travel will become hazardous as snow becomes heavy at times along with gusty northeast winds resulting in considerable blowing and drifting snow. Blizzard conditions are likely as winds pick up during the late afternoon and evening.
• Gusty winds may result in downed tree limbs and isolated power outages.
Winter storm preparedness and safety information is available at: http://www.mass.gov/…/agenc…/mema/emergencies/winter-storms/
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Graphics via US National Weather Service Boston MA