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Massachusetts, Western Essex

Blizzard Warning

Statement as of 4:29 PM EST on January 26, 2015

Expires 1:00 AM EST on January 28, 2015


... Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Wednesday...

* locations... eastern and southeastern Massachusetts as well as
all of Rhode Island.

* Hazard types... heavy snow... strong winds and blizzard conditions.
Considerable blowing and drifting snow. Strong to damaging
winds.

* Accumulations... snow accumulations of around 1 to 2 feet... with
locally higher amounts. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches an hour
at times.

* Timing... while the storm is expected to linger into Wednesday...
the worst of the storm will be tonight through Tuesday
afternoon.

* Impacts... heavy snow and strong winds will result in white-out /
blizzard conditions with near zero visibility. Travel will be
impossible and life threatening across the entire region. Also
snow may be wet enough to result in downed tree limbs and power
outages in addition to the winds.

* Winds... north 25 to 35 mph with gusts around 55 to 65 mph...
likely stronger along eastern shorelines. The height of the
winds will be late tonight into Tuesday.

* Visibilities... one quarter mile or less at times.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Blizzard Warning is issued when sustained winds or frequent
gusts over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or
blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will become poor with
whiteout conditions at times. Those venturing outdoors may become
lost or disoriented... so persons in the warning area are advised
to stay indoors.

All unnecessary travel is discouraged! This is a serious life-
threatening storm!





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