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000 NOUS41 KBOX 042215 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-051800- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Taunton MA 513 PM EST Thu Jan 4 2018 ...ONLY ONE STATION REPORTED BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TODAY IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND... The National Weather Service in Taunton has reviewed the observations from the winter storm that affected our region today. We have determined that the only official reporting site that met blizzard criteria was Block Island, RI (BID). The definition of a blizzard is that falling and/or blowing snow reduces visibility to below 1/4 mile along with sustained winds or winds that frequently gust to 35 mph or more, and that these are the predominant reported conditions for 3 consecutive hours. When reviewing whether a particular observation location had blizzard conditions, we counted visibilities equal to 1/4 mile since that is often quite low for an automated visibility sensor to detect. At Block Island, blizzard conditions occurred between 830 AM and 1205 PM. In that 3 hour and 35 minute period, there were only a few short gaps in which there was a brief lull in the winds, totaling 18 minutes. Blizzard conditions were predominant. Six stations had near-blizzard criteria, but fell short either because of too many lull periods, or because of the length of time. These near-blizzard sites included Boston, MA (BOS), Worcester, MA (ORH), Plymouth, MA (PYM), Providence, RI (PVD), Newport, RI (UUU), and North Smithfield, RI (SFZ). $$ Field

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