NOAA: Winter storm watch issued for Thursday storm

Snowfall forecast at 8 to 12 inches

From National Weather Service:

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Taunton MA
251 PM EST Tue Feb 7 2017

MAZ013-015>023-RIZ002>008-080400-
/O.NEW.KBOX.WS.A.0002.170209T0300Z-170210T0700Z/
Western Norfolk MA-Suffolk MA-Eastern Norfolk MA-
Northern Bristol MA-Western Plymouth MA-Eastern Plymouth MA-
Southern Bristol MA-Southern Plymouth MA-Barnstable MA-Dukes MA-
Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI-Eastern Kent RI-
Bristol RI-Washington RI-Newport RI-Block Island RI-
Including the cities of Foxborough, Norwood, Boston, Quincy,
Taunton, Brockton, Plymouth, Fall River, New Bedford,
Mattapoisett, Chatham, Falmouth, Provincetown, Vineyard Haven,
Providence, Coventry, West Greenwich, EAST GREENWICH, WARWICK,
WEST WARWICK, Bristol, Narragansett, Westerly, Newport,
and BLOCK ISLAND
251 PM EST Tue Feb 7 2017

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH
LATE THURSDAY NIGHT...

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Winter Storm
Watch...which is in effect from Wednesday evening through late
Thursday night.

* LOCATIONS...Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

* HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow.

* Accumulations...Snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches.

* TIMING...Snow will begin early Thursday morning and last through
  much of the day before ending Thursday evening. Snow could fall
  heavy at times and impact both the morning and evening commutes.

* IMPACTS...Hazardous travel due to snow covered roads and poor
  visibilities. Blowing and drifting snow is possible.

* Winds...North 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow...sleet...or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. Be prepared to modify
travel plans should winter weather develop.

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