UPDATE: WINTER STORM

The National Weather Service in Taunton has just provided the following updated forecast for the winter storm that will impact Massachusetts from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday. Note that winter storm warnings and blizzard watches have been issued for parts of the state.

From the National Weather Service in Taunton:
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A significant winter storm will affect southern New England late Tuesday into Wednesday morning with the greatest impact near the coast. Here are the details.

HEADLINES

* Blizzard Watch for coastal Plymouth county and the Cape and Islands
* Winter Storm Warning for eastern MA, all of RI and northeast CT
* Winter Storm Watch for Hartford county northward through portions of western and north central MA and Hillsborough county in NH.

SNOWFALL POTENTIAL

* High risk for 6-10 inches across RI and SE MA, especially Cape Cod & the Islands
* Lower risk for around a foot of snow for the Cape/Islands and portions of southeast coastal MA
* 4-8 inches across much of the interior west of the I95 corridor
* Lesser amounts across NW MA and SW NH

TIMING

* Onset – Light snow should overspread CT/RI & SE MA after 1 pm Tue reaching northern MA by evening. Minor to moderate impact for the evening commute with accum generally less than 2 inches.
* Heaviest snow – Tue night into early Wed morning. Snowfall rates of 1-2″ per hour possible at the peak of the storm. Major impact for the Wednesday morning commute.
* Departing – snow ending by daybreak Wednesday in the west and during the morning elsewhere, except lingering on the Cape/Islands into the afternoon

WIND

* Northerly winds increasing Tuesday night
* Max wind gusts: 40 to 50 mph over the Cape/Islands and southeast coastal MA, 30-40 mph northeast CT, RI and eastern MA, and 20-30 mph further in the interior
* The strongest winds will be late Tuesday night into mid morning Wednesday.
* The strong wind will result in considerable blowing snow and poor visibility with blizzard conditions expected at times, especially across the Cape and Islands and SE coastal MA.

BITTER COLD

* Dangerously cold wind chills late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning dropping to -10 to -20 over the interior high terrain, and -5 to -10 elsewhere.
* Another round of dangerously cold wind chills late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. -15 to -25 over the interior high terrain and -5 to -15 in the coastal plain.

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