Winter Storm Warning in Massachusetts

This alert expired on Jan 3, 2014 10:00 AM EST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Eastern Norfolk; Northern Bristol; Southeast Middlesex; Suffolk; Western Norfolk

Posted Jan 3, 2014 3:49 AM EST

Heavy snow tapers of this morning from west to east but some blowing and drifting snow will continue into the afternoon.

Ocean effect snow showers with are possible across portions of the Cape and Nantucket into this afternoon.

Bitterly cold wind chills through tonight.

Wind Chill Advisory now in effect until 9 am EST Saturday.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10 am EST this morning.

  • Locations: portions of eastern Massachusetts.
  • Hazard types: Heavy snow along with blowing and drifting snow. Bitterly cold wind chills.
  • Accumulations: Total snow accumulation of 10 to 18 inches.
  • Timing: Heavy snow will taper off the snow showers By late morning and end by afternoon.
  • Impacts: travel will be difficult early this morning but conditions should improve later in the morning as snow tapers off across the region. However, blowing and drifting snow will continue into the afternoon.
  • Winds: north 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
  • Wind Chill readings, as low as 15 below.
  • Precautionary/preparedness actions.

Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when an average of 6 or more inches of snow is expected in a 12 hour period, or for 8 or more inches in a 24 hour period. Travel will be slow at best on well treated surfaces, and quite difficult on any Unplowed or untreated surfaces.

A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when the wind chill index is likely to reach -15 to -24 degrees for at least 3 hours.

Frostbite can develop in just 30 minutes with a wind chill Index of -20. If you are heading outdoors, dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves.

Tips from

Excerpted from ready.govBefore:
  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • More:
  • What to do before winter storms and extreme cold.
Excerpted from ready.govDuring:
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
  • More:
  • What to do during winter storms and extreme cold.

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