[February 24, 2022 – 4:30 AM | Friday Winter Storm Update from NWS Boston

Filed in Alerts by on February 24, 2022

 

  • Precipitation likely starts off as a period of moderate to heavy snow during the pre-dawn hours on Friday morning, then likely changes to a wintry mix south of the Mass Pike.

  • 8-12 inches of snow north of the Pike, 4-8 inches south of the Pike, 3-6 inches of snow/sleet along the south coast into Cape Cod.

  • Flash freeze potential for southeast MA and RI late in the day.

 

Winter Storm Warning
Issued: February 24 at 3:28AM EST
Expiring: February 25 at 10:00PM EST
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire
Winter Storm Warning
Issued: February 24 at 2:54AM EST
Expiring: February 26 at 12:00AM EST
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Franklin; Western Hampden; Western Hampshire; Western Norfolk
Winter Storm Watch
Issued: February 24 at 2:54AM EST
Expiring: February 26 at 12:00AM EST
Urgency: Future
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Eastern Plymouth; Northern Bristol; Western Plymouth
Winter Storm Watch
Issued: February 24 at 2:54AM EST
Expiring: February 26 at 12:00AM EST
Urgency: Future
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Barnstable; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth
Timing
  • Beginning Friday pre-dawn hours
  • Tapering off late Friday evening into Friday Night
Hazards/Impact
  • Friday morning commute will be impacted, and possibly evening commute.
  • Snowfall rates of an inch per hour or greater will be likely for a period of time, possibly coinciding with the Friday morning commute.
  • Potential for flash freeze across southeast MA and RI late afternoon into the evening as above freezing temperatures fall back into the 20s.
NWS Alerts
  • Winter Storm Warnings north of the Mass Pike
  • Winter Storm Watches continue for northern CT, RI, and southeast MA
  • Winter Weather Advisories for southern CT
Forecast Challenges
  • Uncertainty in timing of changeover from heavy snow to a wintry mix
  • A second period of snow later Friday afternoon/evening, especially across Central/Eastern MA and RI
  • Flash freeze potential across southeast MA and RI later in the day.
Post-event Outlook
  • Before normal temperatures. Lows mainly 10-20 Friday night.  Highs in the 30s Saturday.  Dry weather is expected this weekend.
Next NWS Briefing
  • 5:00 PM Thursday

MEMA Operations
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the situation and will disseminate additional Situational Awareness Statements (SAS), as necessary. The next SAS will be issued later this afternoon.

 

Preparedness and Safety Information

 

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