WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING
Friday, 12/13/2013: The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a winter storm watch...which is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.
- LOCATIONS...Most of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This includes the cities of Hartford, Providence, Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Nashua and Manchester New Hampshire.
- HAZARD TYPES...A period of heavy snow followed by sleet and freezing rain.
- ACCUMULATIONS...Snow accumulation of 6 to 12 inches, along with a trace to a tenth of an inch of ice.
- TIMING... Snow overspreads southern New England Saturday afternoon and then becomes steadier and heavier Saturday night into Sunday morning before tapering off Sunday afternoon. Snow will likely change to sleet and freezing rain for a time late Saturday night into Sunday morning across Connecticut, Rhode Island and possibly as far north as the Massachusetts Turnpike including the greater Boston area.
- IMPACTS... Travel will likely become difficult and treacherous late Saturday.
- WINDS... Northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Strongest winds across Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts.
- TEMPERATURES... In the 20s but rising into the lower and mid 30s across Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts.
- VISIBILITIES... One quarter mile or less at times in heavy snow. There will also be a period of blowing and drifting snow across Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts given the gusty northeast winds.
- UNCERTAINTY... It is still unknown how far inland a wintry mix will occur. This will greatly impact exact snowfall totals. Nevertheless a period of heavy snow followed by sleet and freezing rain will create treacherous travel conditions Saturday night into early Sunday.
- PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A winter storm watch is issued for the potential of accumulating snow of 6 or more inches in a 12 hour period, or 8 or more inches in a 24 hour period. Anyone traveling in the next 24 to 36 hours should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to modify travel plans should winter weather develop.
Thomas L. McPherson Jr.
Fire Chief / EMD