Western Franklin Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Winter Storm Warning
Statement as of 10:01 PM EST on January 25, 2015

...Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 7 PM Monday to 1 am EST Wednesday...

* locations...portions of western and central Massachusetts.

* Hazard types...heavy snow along with considerable blowing and drifting snow. Near blizzard conditions are possible.

* Accumulations...snow accumulations of around 20 to 30 inches... with locally higher amounts. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches an hour at times.

* Timing...while the storm is expected late Monday lingering into early Wednesday...the worst of the storm will be Monday night through Tuesday afternoon.

* Impacts...heavy snow and strong winds may result in white-out / blizzard conditions with near zero visibility at times. Travel will be difficult to near impossible and life- threatening across the entire region.

* Winds...north-northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts around 35 to 45 mph. The height of the winds will be late Monday night into Tuesday.

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

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when an average of 6 or more inches of snow is expected in a 12 hour period...or for 8 or more inches in a 24 hour period. Travel will be slow at best on well treated surfaces...and quite difficult on any unplowed or untreated surfaces.

All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon... to allow people already on the Road to safely reach their destination before the heavy snow begins...and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads.