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Winter Storm Watch: Up to 12 Inches + High Winds Expected Thurs.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

 

Southern New England can expect up to a foot of snow with wind gusts of up to 35 MPH starting Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of Southern New England, effective Thursday morning through Friday morning.

From the National Weather Service:


Winter Storm Watch


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
351 PM EST TUE FEB 11 2014

...STRONG WINTER STORM TO IMPACT SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND EARLY
THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY MORNING...

MAZ002>006-008>013-026-NHZ011-012-015-120500-
/O.NEW.KBOX.WS.A.0005.140213T1200Z-140214T1200Z/
WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-
CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-WESTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-
CHESHIRE NH-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-
WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHARLEMONT...GREENFIELD...ORANGE...
BARRE...FITCHBURG...FRAMINGHAM...LOWELL...LAWRENCE...
CHESTERFIELD...BLANDFORD...AMHERST...NORTHAMPTON...SPRINGFIELD...
MILFORD...WORCESTER...FOXBORO...NORWOOD...AYER...JAFFREY...
KEENE...MANCHESTER...NASHUA...PETERBOROUGH...WEARE
351 PM EST TUE FEB 11 2014

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH
FRIDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY
MORNING.

* LOCATIONS...INCLUDE WESTERN...CENTRAL...EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS...AS WELL AS SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW POSSIBLY MIXING WITH SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN
FOR AREAS ALONG A LINE FROM SPRINGFIELD TO WORCESTER MA
NORTHEAST TO MANCHESTER NH.

* ACCUMULATIONS...OF 8 TO 12 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE...ALONG WITH
AROUND A TRACE OF ICE. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS MAY FALL ALONG THE
EAST SLOPES OF HIGHER TERRAIN. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES
PER HOUR WILL BE POSSIBLE.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN TO FALL AFTER MIDNIGHT THURSDAY PICKING
UP IN INTENSITY THROUGH THE DAY THURSDAY INTO THURSDAY NIGHT.
LOCATIONS AROUND SPRINGFIELD AND WORCESTER MA...TOWARDS
MANCHESTER NH MAY SEE A PERIOD OF A WINTRY MIX OF SLEET AND
FREEZING RAIN BEFORE CHANGING BACK TO SNOW.

* IMPACTS...VISIBILITIES DOWN TO A QUARTER MILE OR LESS WITH SNOW
ARE POSSIBLE. TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT EARLY THURSDAY INTO
FRIDAY MORNING.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.

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. 

 

Related Slideshow: Top 10 Blizzards in RI History

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10. Blizzard of 2010

Max Accumulation: Approximately 13"

December 26-27, 2010

This winter storm brought more than a foot of snow to several parts of Rhode Island, including 13 inches in Woonsocket.

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9. Blizzard of 2003

Max Accumulation: Approximately 15"

February 14-19, 2013

Know as the President’s Day Storm II, this blizzard brought roughly 15 inches to Ocean State.

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8. Blizzard of 2009

Max Accumulation: Approximately 16"

December 16-20, 2009

Blizzard warnings were in effect in southern Rhode Island when this storm hit just before Christmas 2009.

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7. April Fool's Day Blizzard

Max Accumulation: Approximately 18"

March 30 to April 1, 1997

This blizzard was no joke when it dropped 18 inches of snow in Providence.

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6. 1969 Nor’easter

Max Accumulation: Approximately 20"

February 8-10, 1969

This storm blanketed many parts of Rhode Island with upwards of 20 inches of snow.

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5. Great Blizzard of 1888

Max Accumulation: Approximately 20"

March 11-14, 1888

One of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States, this superstorm dumped 20 inches in Kingston.

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4. Blizzard of 1996

Max Accumulation: Approximately 23"

Jan. 6-10, 1996

One of two blizzards to receive an “extreme” rating on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, this storm blanketing parts of Rhode Island with upwards of 23 inches of snow.

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3. Blizzard of 2005

Max Accumulation: Approximately 23.5"

January 20-23, 2005

This three-day storm delivered more nearly two feet of snow to some parts of Rhode Island.

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2. Winter Storm Nemo

Max Accumulation: Approximately 24"

February 7-18, 2013

About 180,000 RI homes and businesses lost power during this powerful blizzard.

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1. Blizzard of 1978

Max Accumulation: Approximately 38"

February 5-7, 1978

This historic nor’easter, which claimed the lives of 26 Rhode Islanders, brought a record-breaking 27.6 inches of snow to Providence and 38 inches to Woonsocket.

 
 

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