MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT
TIME: 9:15 AM
SUBJECT: Icy Conditions Linger Through This Morning's Commute. Heavy Snow Forecast for Thursday.
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS) for much of Massachusetts, including the Greater Boston area, states that icy conditions on untreated roadways will continue through this morning's commute until temperatures rise above freezing by mid- morning. Some areas my experience an additional ice accretion of 0.10”. Lingering freezing rain and drizzle is expected to end early this afternoon.
Warning: MassDot has been advising all morning for drivers to stay off the roads due to hazardous conditions, and Governor Baker has ordered a two-hour delay to the start of the work day for non-emergency Executive Department state employees.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a significant winter storm to move into Massachusetts from west to east, starting early Thursday morning and overspreading the state by dawn. Snowfall will be heavy at times, falling at a rate of 2- 4” inches per hour, with snow thunder possible. Snowfall will continue through the day on Thursday before tapering off late Thursday into Thursday evening impacting both commutes. Heavy snow may linger across Southeast Coastal MA and Cape Cod as ocean effect snows develop during the evening and early overnight hours Thursday night.
The NWS has a high degree of confidence that much of the Commonwealth will experience total snowfall accumulation of at least 8 inches with localized areas near a foot. Portions of the Cape and Islands may have slightly lower totals.
Strong northeasterly winds will develop around midday Thursday across eastern and southeastern MA, including the Cape and Islands. The strongest winds are expected to occur during the afternoon hours, and continue through the evening. Sustained winds of 25-35 mph and gusts of up to 40-50 mph are possible.
Minor coastal flooding and/or splashover is possible, mainly for the Thursday morning high tide (between 9 and 11 AM).
- Snow will begin early in the morning commute, and become heavy quickly.
- Snowfall rates of 2- 4” per hour with snow thunder possible.
- Impacts to all of southern New England for both commutes.
- Blowing snow could produce visibility of a quarter of a mile or less. Whiteout conditions possible.
- Possible downed tree limbs.
- Isolated power outages.
- Wind chills Thursday Night below 0 degree F.
- Dangerous travel with snow covered roads.
A Winter Storm Warning is in affect from 4 AM Thursday through to 12 AM Friday for all of Southern New England except Nantucket.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to participate in conference calls with the National Weather Service today, and will continue to monitor the forecast and issue additional Situational Awareness Statements as needed.
Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.
Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html
Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools, including the live snowfall forecast map: http://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=0da6e4d888b74317b52b7a5064aa3dc2
For additional information and resources, visit:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service/Taunton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org