February 8 2017
NWS Issues New 'Storm Warning' and Increases Predicted Snowfall Amounts
By: Rich Hosford
It appears as though we may get even more snow than reported on Tuesday.
On Wednesday the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Storm Warning for the most of southern New England, including Middlesex County in Massachusetts. This is an upgrade from the Winter Storm Watch that was issued on Tuesday.
The warning states that heavy snow will fall on Thursday with possible accumulation of 8 to 14 inches. The snowfall will begin sometime between 5 and 8 a.m. and will fall heavy at times throughout the day, the NWS says. It will taper off to snow showers early Thursday evening.
The warning also says that there will be a north wind between 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts as fast as 45 mph.
“A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring,” the NWS states. “Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation issued a release on Wednesday cautioning residents to stay home if possible on Thursday.
“The public is strongly advised not to drive tomorrow and work from home if possible and if that is not an option, travelers are encouraged to make informed and safe decisions before they head out onto the roadways,’ the release states.