March 13 2017
NWS Now Says Storm Warrants Blizzard Warning
By: Rich Hosford
The forecast for Tuesday keeps getting worse.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded the Winter Storm Warning/Blizzard Watch to a Blizzard Warning that will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
The warning includes Central and Northeastern Massachusetts as well as portions of Northeastern Connecticut and Northwestern Rhode Island.
The NWS has also upped the expected amount of snow. It is now saying that 13 to 19 inches of accumulation is possible. The snow is expected to start between 5 and 7 a.m. on Tuesday. At times, up to 2 to 4 inches an hour could fall, especially from late morning into the afternoon.
“The heavy snow will make many roads impassable and may produce widespread power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines,” the warning states. “Strong winds will lead to blowing snow, reduced visibility, and additional power outages.”
The NWS also says that wind will be a big factor in the storm. A Northeast wind of 25 to 35 miles per hour is expected with gusts up to 40 to 50 mph.
“A Blizzard Warning is issued when sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or blowing snow,” the NWS said. “Visibilities will become poor with whiteout conditions at times. Those venturing outdoors may become lost or disoriented. So persons in the warning area are strongly advised to stay indoors.”
On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker said in a press conference that people in Massachusetts should stay off the roads on Tuesday.