Blizzard Warning in Massachusetts

Posted on February 7, 2013 by

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A potential historic winter storm and Blizzard is expected to drop around 2 feet of snow Friday into Saturday.

Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 6 am Friday to 1 pm EST Saturday.

Locations: eastern and southeastern Massachusetts, including Boston and Boston Metro area, all of Rhode Island including Block Island.

Hazard types: Heavy snow, blowing and drifting at times. Quarter Mile visibilities, and winds gusting near 60 mph.

Accumulations: snow accumulation of 18 to 24 inches.

Timing: light snow will develop by Friday morning, becoming heavy late in the day into the evening commute. The Heaviest of snowfall, especially focused along the I-95 corridor, will fall Friday night into Saturday.

Impacts: blizzard conditions and dangerous travel. White out conditions are anticipated as roads become snow covered by the Friday evening commute. Strong North-northeast winds are anticipated with gusts up to around 60 mph, resulting in blowing and drifting of snow. Damage to trees and structures along with scattered power outages are anticipated.

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.

Recommended actions

A Blizzard Warning is issued when sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or blowing and drifting 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 advised to stay indoors.

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