From the National Weather Service:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Taunton MA 451 AM EST Wed Feb 8 2017 MAZ017>023-RIZ002>008-081800- /O.UPG.KBOX.WS.A.0002.170209T0300Z-170210T0700Z/ /O.NEW.KBOX.WS.W.0002.170209T1100Z-170210T0500Z/ 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 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 451 AM EST Wed Feb 8 2017 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO MIDNIGHT EST THURSDAY NIGHT... The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow...which is in effect from 6 AM Thursday to midnight EST Thursday night. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect. * LOCATIONS...southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island. * HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow. * Accumulations...Snow accumulation of 6 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 50 mph. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight...food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.