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000 NOUS41 KBOX 142127 PNSBOX CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-RIZ001>008-152200- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 515 PM EDT TUE MAR 14 2017 ...Evaluation of Blizzard Conditions for the March 17, 2017 Winter Storm... 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 Lawrence, MA (LWM). 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 Lawrence, MA (LWM)...blizzard criteria were met for 4 hours and 1 minute from 1154 AM to 355 PM. At Boston, MA (BOS)...blizzard criteria were met for 2 hours and 25 minutes 1135 AM to 200 PM. At Marshfield, MA (GHG)...there were some missing data. But it appears that blizzard criteria were met for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. At Beverly, MA (BVY)...blizzard criteria were met for 1 hour and 31 minutes from 1253 PM to 224 PM. After a 21 minute gap, there was another period of blizzard conditions from 245 PM to 315 PM. If that period is counted, then criteria were met for 2 hours and 1 minute. At Windsor Locks/Hartford, CT (BDL)...blizzard criteria were met for 1 hour and 55 minutes from 1205 PM to 200 PM. At Worcester, MA (ORH), blizzard criteria were met for 1 hour and 51 minutes from 1254 PM to 245 PM. There were 25 additional minutes of blizzard criteria, but with significant gaps from the continuous period. At Willimantic, CT (IJD), blizzard criteria were met, but very sporadically and for less than 1 hour. $$ FIELD

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