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Winter Storm Watch

Winter Storm Watch in effect from Friday, 1:00 AM EST until Friday, 4:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service

Southern Bristol MA-Southern Plymouth MA-
Including the cities of Fall River, New Bedford, and Mattapoisett
425 AM EST Thu Mar 9 2017

…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
FRIDAY AFTERNOON…

* LOCATIONS…South coast of Massachusetts from Westport to Cape
Cod. This includes the cities and towns of Fall River and New
Bedford.

* HAZARD TYPES…Snow.

* ACCUMULATIONS…Snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches.

* TIMING…Snow will develop after midnight, becoming heavy at
times toward daybreak into the morning. The snow will taper
off Friday afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Snow covered roads will make for hazardous driving
conditions. Snowfall rates may approach 1 to 2 inches per hour
for a time during the Friday morning commute which will have a
significant impact.

* VISIBILITIES…One quarter mile or less at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. Be prepared to modify
travel plans should winter weather develop.

Wind Advisory

Wind Advisory in effect until 4:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service

Hartford CT-Tolland CT-Windham CT-Western Franklin MA-
Eastern Franklin MA-Northern Worcester MA-Central Middlesex MA-
Western Essex MA-Eastern Essex MA-Western Hampshire MA-
Western Hampden MA-Eastern Hampshire MA-Eastern Hampden MA-
Southern Worcester MA-Western Norfolk MA-Southeast Middlesex MA-
Suffolk MA-Eastern Norfolk MA-Northern Bristol MA-
Western Plymouth MA-Eastern Plymouth MA-Southern Bristol MA-
Southern Plymouth MA-Barnstable MA-Dukes MA-Nantucket MA-
Northern Middlesex MA-Northwest Providence RI-
Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI-Eastern Kent RI-
Bristol RI-Washington RI-Newport RI-Block Island RI-
Including the cities of Hartford, Windsor Locks, Union, Vernon,
Putnam, Willimantic, Charlemont, Greenfield, Orange, Barre,
Fitchburg, Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence, Gloucester,
Chesterfield, Blandford, Amherst, Northampton, Springfield,
Milford, Worcester, Foxborough, Norwood, Cambridge, Boston,
Quincy, Taunton, Brockton, Plymouth, Fall River, New Bedford,
Mattapoisett, Chatham, Falmouth, Provincetown, Vineyard Haven,
Nantucket, Ayer, Foster, Smithfield, Providence, Coventry,
West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick, Bristol,
Narragansett, Westerly, Newport, and New Shoreham
400 AM EST Thu Mar 9 2017

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO 4 PM EST
THIS AFTERNOON…

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Wind
Advisory, which is in effect from 7 AM this morning to 4 PM EST
this afternoon.

* Location…All southern New England

* Winds…West 20 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 50 mph. Strongest
gusts over the higher elevations.

* Timing…Strongest winds this morning into early afternoon, then
diminishing.

* Impacts…Scattered downed branches and isolated downed trees
expected in the advisory area. Branches and trees falling on
power lines could lead to isolated power outages.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph are
expected, with gusts between 46 to 57 mph. Winds this strong are
capable of downing small tree limbs and branches, possibly
causing isolated power outages. Driving can also be difficult,
especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement in effect until 4:00 PM EST. Source: U.S. National Weather Service

Hartford CT-Tolland CT-Windham CT-Western Franklin MA-
Eastern Franklin MA-Northern Worcester MA-Central Middlesex MA-
Western Essex MA-Eastern Essex MA-Western Hampshire MA-
Western Hampden MA-Eastern Hampshire MA-Eastern Hampden MA-
Southern Worcester MA-Western Norfolk MA-Southeast Middlesex MA-
Suffolk MA-Eastern Norfolk MA-Northern Bristol MA-
Western Plymouth MA-Eastern Plymouth MA-Southern Bristol MA-
Southern Plymouth MA-Barnstable MA-Northern Middlesex MA-
Northwest Providence RI-Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI-
Eastern Kent RI-Bristol RI-Washington RI-Newport RI-
Including the cities of Hartford, Windsor Locks, Union, Vernon,
Putnam, Willimantic, Charlemont, Greenfield, Orange, Barre,
Fitchburg, Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence, Gloucester,
Chesterfield, Blandford, Amherst, Northampton, Springfield,
Milford, Worcester, Foxborough, Norwood, Cambridge, Boston,
Quincy, Taunton, Brockton, Plymouth, Fall River, New Bedford,
Mattapoisett, Chatham, Falmouth, Provincetown, Ayer, Foster,
Smithfield, Providence, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich,
Warwick, West Warwick, Bristol, Narragansett, Westerly,
and Newport
736 AM EST Thu Mar 9 2017

…Elevated Risk for Fire Spread Today…

Dry air will overspread southern New England today with minimum
relative humidities dropping between 25 to 30 percent. Gusty
westerly winds will develop with gusts between 40 to 50 MPH
beginning mid-morning lasting into the early afternoon. This
combination will lead to an elevated risk for fire spread. Winds
will diminish fairly quickly later this afternoon and especially
after sunset.

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