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.

Ways to prepare and stay safe now

  • During
    Stay indoors during the storm.
    Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
    Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.
    Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
    Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival.
    If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
    If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately.
    You may have frostbite.
    When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.
    Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
    Stay dry.
    Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.

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