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Weather Discussion

This Afternoon: Cloudy and cold with flurries or a touch of light snow. Steady snow begins 8pm – 10pm.  Highs: 18-23. Wind: NE 10-20 mph.

Tonight: Snow becoming heavy, windy and cold. Near blizzard conditions late. Lows: 14-19.  Winds: NE 15-25 mph. (Wind chills near 0)

Tomorrow: Heavy snow, near blizzard conditions making travel impossible, especially in the morning. Lighter snow in the afternoon. Very windy, with blowing snow. Snow ends by the evening.  Highs: 15-20. Wind: NE 20-30 mph. (Wind Chills near 0)

Good afternoon,

Everything remains on track for a major and likely historic Nor’easter for much of southern New England! There will be no big problems during this afternoon with some flurries or a touch of light snow over spreading the area. However things will go down hill rapidly this evening and certainly into the overnight as heavy snow moves in.

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

The bulk of the storm doesn’t begin until this evening. The worst of the storm is from midnight to noon tomorrow.

By 8 pm there may be an inch or two of snow on the ground with a couple of inches by midnight. The heavy snow will move in by the wee hours of the morning and last through mid to late morning tomorrow. Snowfall rates of 1 to 3″ per hour are likely. This means road crews will not keep up with the storm. Travel will be impossible tomorrow morning, as a foot or more of snow will be on the ground by 6 am.  Up to another 6-12″ will fall after sunrise through early tomorrow afternoon. Snow will lighten up and become more off and on during the afternoon before ending during the evening hour.

  • Timing: Steady Snow begins by 7 to 10 pm. (Light at first)
    • Heaviest snow: Midnight to noon tomorrow.
    • Snow lightens up tomorrow afternoon and tapers to snow showers in the evening
  • Precipitation Type: All snow
    • Consistency: Fluffy snow
      • This will inflate snow totals but keep power outages to a minimum.
  • Impacts: Heavy snow, strong winds, near zero visibility
    • Winds of 20-30 mph in the Pioneer Valley
    • Blizzard criteria is 3 consecutive hours of <0.25 mile visibility with winds greater than 35 mph
    • Blizzard conditions likely just to the south and east
    • Winds Chills in the single digits

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

First Warning Meteorologist Dan Brown

 

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