NOAA: Updated blizzard warning

12 to 18 inches forecast here, starting this morning
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At 7 a.m. it may look outside like we should be heading off to work but there is plenty of snow headed our way.  Radar shows the precipitation rapidly approaching us from the southeast.  Virtually everything's closed today, so please stay off the roads.

Latest blizzard update from the National Weather Service:

 

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Taunton MA
428 AM EST Thu Feb 9 2017

MAZ019-022>024-RIZ008-091730-
/O.CON.KBOX.BZ.W.0002.170209T1400Z-170210T0100Z/
Eastern Plymouth MA-Barnstable MA-Dukes MA-Nantucket MA-
Block Island RI-
Including the cities of Plymouth, Chatham, Falmouth,
Provincetown, Vineyard Haven, NANTUCKET, and BLOCK ISLAND
428 AM EST Thu Feb 9 2017

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO
8 PM EST THIS EVENING...

* LOCATIONS...Eastern Plymouth County...Cape Cod...Marthas
  Vineyard...Nantucket and Block Island.

* HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow...strong to damaging winds and Blizzard
  conditions.

* Accumulations...Snow accumulation of 12 to 16 inches.

* TIMING...Precipitation will overspread the region between 6 and
  9 am this 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 this afternoon before tapering off to snow
  showers this evening.

* IMPACTS...Heavy snow and strong to damaging winds will result in
  blizzard conditions this afternoon and early evening. Intense
  snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour will be possible at times
  this afternoon. Strong winds will create blowing and drifting snow
  and near-white out conditions at times. Travel is not
  recommended this afternoon and evening. In addition strong to
  damaging winds may result in isolated power outages.

* Winds...Northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.

* Visibilities...One quarter mile or less at times.

* Temperatures...In the upper 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.

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