Update from Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency on Thursday's anticipated storm:
Heavy Snow Forecast for Thursday (Info as of 10AM on 2/8)
The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a significant winter storm to move into Massachusetts from west to east, starting early Thursday morning and overspreading the state by dawn. Snowfall will be heavy at times, falling at a rate of 2- 4” inches per hour. Snowfall will continue through the day on Thursday before tapering off late Thursday into Thursday evening impacting both commutes. Heavy snow may linger across Southeast Coastal MA and Cape Cod as ocean effect snows develop during the evening and early overnight hours Thursday night.
The NWS has a high degree of confidence that much of the Commonwealth will experience total snowfall accumulation of at least 8 inches with localized areas near a foot. Portions of the Cape and Islands may have slightly lower totals. Strong northeasterly winds will develop around midday Thursday across eastern and southeastern MA, including the Cape and Islands. The strongest winds are expected to occur during the afternoon hours, and continue through the evening. Sustained winds of 25-35 mph and gusts of up to 40-50 mph are possible.
• Snow will begin early in the morning commute, and become heavy quickly.
• Snowfall rates of 2- 4” per hour with snow thunder possible.
• Impacts to all of southern New England for both commutes.
• Blowing snow could produce visibility of a quarter of a mile or less. Whiteout conditions possible.
• Possible downed tree limbs.
• Isolated power outages.
• Wind chills Thursday Night below 0 degree F.
• Dangerous travel with snow covered roads.
Winter storm preparedness and safety information is available at: mass.gov/mema/snow
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