Weather Discussion

Today: Heavy, wind-driven snow, especially in the morning. Near blizzard conditions early.  Highs: 15-20. Wind: NE 20-30 mph. (Wind Chills near 0)

 

Good morning!

A major and perhaps even historic snowstorm is underway across New England. Several inches of snow have fallen across western Massachusetts with heavy bands of snow rotating from east to west across the area. Snowfall rates could reach up to 3 inches per hour in eastern Hampden county. This means road crews will not keep up with the storm in these areas.

In Worcester County, some locations are already reporting 2 feet of snow.

Travel will be difficult for a time this morning with snow being blown around by the wind. To the north and west, less snow is expected, though many will come close to a foot by day’s end.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for all of western Massachusetts through the rest of today. Just to the south and east, a Blizzard Warning is in effect for all of eastern Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Up to another 6-12″ will fall after sunrise through early afternoon.  Snow will lighten up and become more off and on during the afternoon before ending during the evening hours.

 

  • Timing:
    • Heaviest snow: Through Late Morning
    • Snow lightens up this afternoon and tapers to snow showers in the evening

 

  • Precipitation Type: All snow
    • Consistency: Fluffy/powdery
      • This will inflate snow totals, but keep power outages to a minimum

 

  • Impacts: Heavy snow, strong winds, near zero visibility
    • Snowfall rates of 1″-3″ per hour off and on through late morning
    • Sustained winds of 20-30 mph
    • Blizzard criteria is 3 consecutive hours of <0.25 mile visibility with winds greater than 35 mph
      • Near blizzard conditions likely in Pioneer Valley
    • Winds chills near zero

Stay with ABC40 on-air and online throughout the storm.

First Warning Meteorologist Dan Brown & Tyler Jankoski

 

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