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Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
358 PM EST SUN JAN 25 2015

...A CRIPPLING AND POTENTIALLY HISTORIC BLIZZARD TO IMPACT THE
AREA MAINLY FROM LATE MONDAY INTO TUESDAY...LINGERING INTO EARLY
WEDNESDAY...

MAZ002>004-008>011-026-260500-
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/O.NEW.KBOX.WS.W.0003.150127T0000Z-150128T0600Z/
WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-
WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHARLEMONT...GREENFIELD...ORANGE...
BARRE...FITCHBURG...CHESTERFIELD...BLANDFORD...AMHERST...
NORTHAMPTON...SPRINGFIELD...AYER
358 PM EST SUN JAN 25 2015

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM MONDAY TO 1 AM EST
WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM MONDAY TO 1
AM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* 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.

&&

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