The National Weather service posted the following Blizzard Warning this afternoon:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Taunton MA 217 PM EST Wed Feb 8 2017 MAZ019-022-023-RIZ008-090330- /O.UPG.KBOX.WS.W.0002.170209T1100Z-170210T0500Z/ /O.NEW.KBOX.BZ.W.0002.170209T1400Z-170210T0100Z/ Eastern Plymouth MA-Barnstable MA-Dukes MA-Block Island RI- Including the cities of Plymouth, Chatham, Falmouth, Provincetown, Vineyard Haven, and BLOCK ISLAND 217 PM EST Wed Feb 8 2017 ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 8 PM EST THURSDAY... The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Blizzard Warning...which is in effect from 9 AM to 8 PM EST Thursday. The Winter Storm Warning is no longer in effect. * LOCATIONS...Eastern Plymouth County...Cape Cod...Marthas Vineyard and Block Island. * HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow and Blizzard conditions. * Accumulations...Snow accumulation of 8 to 14 inches. * TIMING...Precipitation will overspread the region between 6 and 9 am Thursday morning and may begin as a brief period of rain. Any rain will change to snow by late morning. The snow will then fall heavy at times Thursday afternoon before tapering off to snow showers Thursday evening. * IMPACTS...Heavy snow and strong winds will result in blizzard conditions Thursday afternoon and early evening. Snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour will be possible at times Thursday afternoon. Strong winds will create blowing and drifting snow and near-white out conditions at times. Travel is not recommended Thursday afternoon and evening. * Winds...North 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times. * Temperatures...In the mid 20s. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Blizzard Warning is issued when sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or blowing snow. Visibilities will become poor with whiteout conditions at times. Those venturing outdoors may become lost or disoriented. So persons in the warning area are strongly advised to stay indoors.