Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Update (Info as of 4:30 PM on 2/7/15)

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Long Duration Winter Storm with Moderate Snow Will Impact Massachusetts Saturday Through Early Tuesday

**The most significant change in the forecast since this morning’s update is that the National Weather Service has increased the total snowfall accumulation forecast for areas of eastern and northeastern Massachusetts, including Boston. These areas are now forecast to receive up to 24” of snow between today and early Tuesday morning.**

There wi…ll be periods of relatively light snowfall through Sunday afternoon with accumulations of 3” to 6” of snow north of a line from Hartford to Providence to Taunton. South of that line, accumulations through Sunday afternoon will be 1” to 3”.

Heavier snow starts Sunday night and continues to early Tuesday morning. Additional accumulations of 8” to 14” are expected north of the line from Hartford to Providence to Taunton, with additional accumulations of 2” to 4” south of that line.

Total snowfall accumulations from now through Tuesday morning:

-18” to 24” in eastern and northeastern Massachusetts, including the greater Boston area;
-14” to 18” through much of western and central Massachusetts, Norfolk County, and northern Plymouth and Bristol Counties;
-4” to 10” in southeastern Massachusetts;
-3” to 6” across the outer Cape and Islands.
-Along the south coast, the Cape and the Islands, there may be periods of freezing rain.

Travel conditions may be difficult from Sunday night into Tuesday morning with impacts to both commutes on Monday and the morning commute on Tuesday. Snow will fall at rates up to 1” per hour at times, and visibility may be low to near-zero due to winds and the light texture of the snow. Drifting snow may also be a problem at times.

Large piles of plowed snows on the sides of roads and at intersections may reduce visibility and further narrow roadways.

Large amounts of heavy snow on roofs may lead to structural weaknesses or collapses in some cases.

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