NEW: Winter Storm Warning In Effect Saturday Into Sunday
Friday, December 13, 2013
From the National Weather Service:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 414 PM EST FRI DEC 13 2013
CTZ002>004-MAZ002>016-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001-140515- /O.UPG.KBOX.WS.A.0008.131214T1700Z-131215T1600Z/ /O.NEW.KBOX.WS.W.0009.131214T1800Z-131215T1800Z/ 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 MIDDLESEX MA-CHESHIRE NH- EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH- NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE 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...FOXBORO...NORWOOD... CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY...AYER...JAFFREY...KEENE... MANCHESTER...NASHUA...PETERBOROUGH...WEARE...FOSTER...SMITHFIELD 414 PM EST FRI DEC 13 2013
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM SATURDAY TO 1 PM EST
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WITH A BRIEF PERIOD OF SLEET AND FREEZING
RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM SATURDAY TO 1 PM EST SUNDAY.
THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* LOCATIONS...INCLUDE NORTHERN CONNECTICUT...NORTHWEST RHODE
ISLAND...WESTERN...CENTRAL...EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS...AS WELL AS SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE. THIS INCLUDES
THE CITIES OF HARTFORD...BOSTON...WORCESTER...SPRINGFIELD...NASHUA
* HAZARD TYPES...A PERIOD OF HEAVY SNOW FOLLOWED BY A BRIEF
PERIOD OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES...ALONG
WITH AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.
* TIMING...SNOW OVERSPREADS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AROUND MIDDAY
SATURDAY...BECOMING STEADIER AND HEAVIER AROUND MIDNIGHT SUNDAY
CONTINUING INTO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR
A BRIEF PERIOD OF MIXING WITH SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN BY EARLY
SUNDAY MORNING OVER A MAJORITY OF THE WARNED AREA...BEFORE
CONCLUDING SUNDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS...LOW VISIBILITIES AT TIMES DUE TO SNOW. HAZARDOUS
TRAVELING CONDITIONS WILL EXIST.
* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH...
STRONGEST ALONG THE EAST-FACING SHORELINE WITH GUSTS UP TO 35
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
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Head out to Springfield this week to visit Bright Lights! This is one of the Northeast’s premiere lights displays, and is perfect for a chilly December evening. This is a drive-along route of over three miles of beautiful holiday lighting displays. There is even musical accompaniment via a radio simulcast on 98.5 FM to enhance your holiday experience!
302 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA.
Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism/Flickr
Newport Mansion Christmas
Enjoy a Rhode Island holiday tradition at the Newport Mansions! Visitors to the event will tour three beautiful mansions—The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, decked out to the nines in holiday lights and spirit. There are a total of 28 lighted Christmas trees; beautifully crafted gingerbread models of the mansions and so much more to be seen!
Click here or call 401-847-1000 for more info.
La Salette Shrine
La Salette Shrine in Attleborough, MA is a close to home favorite for MA and RI families alike. The grounds glisten with sparkle of over 300,000 gorgeous lights. As this is the 60-year anniversary of the shrine, they are going all out for this Christmas season. Make sure to visit the illuminated walkway on the pond—it is striking. This event is free to all.
947 Park Street, Attleborough, MA.
Photo: Šarūnas Burdulis/Flickr
Marblehead Christmas Walk
From December 5-8, visit the quaint New England town of Marblehead, MA for a great Christmas stroll. Although celebrations will be happening all weekend, the big event is Friday night tree lighting at 7pm. On Saturday, there will be a Christmas walk parade featuring all the sights and sounds of Christmastime in this seaside village. Santa will be arriving by lobster boat Saturday morning at 9:30am!
Head to the zoo for some holiday magic! Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA is hosting Zoolights, a great holiday excursion for people of all ages! This huge holiday lights display incorporates dazzling lights into every part of the zoo. If you have little ones, make sure they get a visit with Santa and the Zoo’s resident reindeer!
149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA. (781) 438-5100.
Photo: Mark Dumont/Flickr
Festival of Lights
Edaville USA is a family favorite year-round, but this amusement park brings something extra special to the table during the holidays. Join Edaville for their annual Festival of Lights, all viewed from coach trains! This year’s festivities feature thousands of lights displays, holiday themed treats, vintage amusement rides, Santa and more!
5 Pine Street, Carver, MA. (508) 866-8190.
Photo: Eric Kilby/Flickr
Known in the summertime for its sprawling botanical gardens and horticulture displays, Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA is also a do-not-miss this holiday season. The grounds will be embellished with 117,400 beautiful lights that will brighten the holiday season! Aside from viewing the lights, visitors are also invited to attend mini-workshops that will teach them to fashion great holiday decorations, like handmade topiary wreaths!
67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA. (508) 888-3300.
Take the family on a close to home trip to Holly Days at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA! This year, the theme of this huge lights display is “Woodland Magic.” There will be thousands of twinkling lights adorning the grounds, as well as whimsical, woodland-themed decorations with a natural touch. If you head over on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, make sure to come hungry. There will be “Food & Fire,” featuring comfort foods that will warm you up after a chilly walk!
11 French Drive, Boylston, MA. (508) 869-6111.
Photo: Tori Siegel/Flickr
Holiday Light Fantasia
Take a trip to nearby Connecticut to enjoy Holiday Light Fantasia. This is a two-mile light show featuring over 1,000,000—yes, one MILLION—sparkling lights dedicated to celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Three Kings Day . There are animated scenes, tributes to favorite family characters, and so much more.
1130 Maple Avenue, Hartford, CT. Click here for more.
Photo: Ben Pollard/Flickr
The Connecticut Trolley Museum will come to life this holiday season for their annual WinterFest and the Tunnel of Lights. This great event has become a family tradition throughout southern New England and beyond. Visitors will enjoy a trolley ride on a closed car or electric sleigh through the Tunnel of Lights, while singing traditional carols. The Visitor’s Center will have plenty of hot cocoa and entertainment!
58 North Road, East Windsor, CT. Click here for more.
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