[January 7, 2022 – 6:45 AM ] MEMA WEATHER UPDATE – WINTER STORM

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Update provided by Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

The following spot report reflects increased snowfall amounts and storm timing.

A winter storm is currently impacting the state this morning through tonight. The heaviest snowfall will occur between 6 and 9 AM this morning, with snowfall rates of greater than 1-2” per hour possible for a 2 to 3 hour period in eastern Massachusetts. End timing for this event will vary from 10 AM to 8 PM, west to east, as the storm pulls away late Friday.

Total snowfall accumulation from this event is forecast to be 2-6” in western MA, and a widespread 4- 8” in central and eastern MA, with localized 8-12” amounts possible along the coast. For the Cape and Islands, areas west of Hyannis can expect 4- 6” of snow, and the outer Cape and Islands 2-4”.

During the storm, sustained winds are expected to be 10 to 20 mph.

Dry, cold, and blustery conditions are forecast for Friday night into Saturday. Little if any snowmelt is expected. Odds for snowmelt improve on Sunday due to a wintry mix to rain event. Refreezing is possible Sunday night as temperatures fall into the 20s.

 

MEMA Operations

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at Level 2 (Enhanced Watch) as of 5 AM this morning. The MEMA East and West Regional EOCs in Tewksbury and Agawam have also activated as of 5 AM.

 

MEMA will continue to monitor the situation and will disseminate additional Situational Awareness Statements, as necessary.

 

Preparedness and Safety Information

 

Stay Informed

For additional information and updated forecasts, see www.weather.gov/boston (National Weather Service Norton) and www.weather.gov/albany (National Weather Service Albany)

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

Online Resources

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency www.fema.gov
National Weather Service Boston/ Norton, MA  www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center  www.spc.noaa.gov
Northeast River Forecast Center www.weather.gov/nerfc/
National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov
Mass211 www.mass211.org

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