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NEW: Winter Storm Watch in Effect for Worcester Starting Sunday, March 20

Saturday, March 19, 2016

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Worcester County that goes into effect on Sunday March 20 at noon and stays in effect through Monday morning, March 21. 

Snow is expected to start on Sunday after 5 p.m. and end before Monday at 9 a.m. The weather service says there is a 90% chance of snow on Sunday night. 

Latest projections

According to the Weather Service, there is a 25% chance that Worcester receives 6-8" of snow and a 16% chance of getting 8-12" of snow. 

Earlier on Friday, the Weather Service reported a 26% chance of 12-18" of snow, that number is now down to 13% chance.  

Read the National Weather Service's Message Below. 

WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA

1002 PM EDT FRI MAR 18 2016

 

CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX 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-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-

SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-EASTERN KENT RI-

BRISTOL RI-WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FRAMINGHAM...LOWELL...LAWRENCE...

GLOUCESTER...MILFORD...WORCESTER...FOXBORO...NORWOOD...

CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY...TAUNTON...BROCKTON...PLYMOUTH...

FALL RIVER...NEW BEDFORD...MATTAPOISETT...CHATHAM...FALMOUTH...

PROVINCETOWN...FOSTER...SMITHFIELD...PROVIDENCE...

WEST GREENWICH...WARWICK...BRISTOL...NARRAGANSETT...WESTERLY...

NEWPORT

1002 PM EDT FRI MAR 18 2016

 

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON

THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...

 

* LOCATIONS...ALL OF RHODE ISLAND AND EASTERN MA INCLUDING CAPE

  COD AND WEST INTO THE WORCESTER HILLS. THIS INCLUDES THE

  GREATER BOSTON TO PROVIDENCE CORRIDOR.

 

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOWFALL.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES.

 

* TIMING...SNOW OVERSPREADS MOST OF THE AREA MID TO LATE SUNDAY

  AFTERNOON WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW AFTER SUNSET THROUGH SUNDAY

  NIGHT. SNOW TAPERS OFF EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

 

* IMPACTS...GIVEN THE COLD WEATHER THIS WEEKEND ROADS WILL

  QUICKLY BECOME SNOW COVERED ESPECIALLY SUNDAY EVENING AND

  OVERNIGHT. SOME HEAVY WET SNOW IS POSSIBLE OVER SOUTHEAST

  MASSACHUSETTS INCLUDING CAPE COD. THIS MAY YIELD AN INCREASED

  RISK FOR DOWN TREE LIMBS AND RESULTING ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES.

 

* UNCERTAINTY...GIVEN THIS STORM SYSTEM HAS YET TO FORM AND IS

  STILL ABOUT TWO DAYS AWAY...FURTHER ADJUSTMENTS TO LATER

  FORECASTS ARE POSSIBLE. STAY TUNED TO LATER FORECAST

  DISCUSSIONS AND STATEMENTS.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A WINTER STORM WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE POTENTIAL OF ACCUMULATING

SNOW OF 6 OR MORE INCHES IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD...OR 8 OR MORE

INCHES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD. ANYONE TRAVELING IN THE NEXT 24 TO

36 HOURS SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO MODIFY

TRAVEL PLANS SHOULD WINTER WEATHER DEVELOP

 

Related Slideshow: Worcester’s Top Ten Highest Annual Snowfall Totals

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#10

Year: 1966-67

Total Amount of Snow: 94.2 inches

Month with Highest Amount of Snow: January '67 - 46.8 inchess

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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#9

Year: 1957-58

Total Amount of Snow: 97.5 inches 

Month with Highest Amount of Snow: February '58 - 36.5 inches

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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#8

Year: 1995-96

Total Amount of Snow: 97.9 inches 

Month with Highest Amount of Snow: January '96 - 45.2 inches

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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#7

Year: 1947-48

Total Amount of Snow: 98.5 inches 

Month with Highest Amount of Snow: January '48 - 37.7 inches

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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#6

Year: 1971-72

Total Amount of Snow: 99.3 inches

Month with Highest Amount of Snow: January '72 - 35 inches 

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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#5

Year: 1993-94

Total Amount of Snow: 100 inches 

Month with Highest Amount of Snow: January '94  - 34 inches

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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#4

Year: 1960-61

Total Amount of Snow: 104 inches

Month with Highest Amount of Snow: January '61 - 32 inches

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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#3

Year: 2012-2013

Total Amount of Snow: 108.9 inches

Month with Highest Amount of Snow: February '13 - 44.44 inches

Source: Goldensnowglobe.com and U.S. Climate Data

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#2

Year: 2004-2005

Total Amount of Snow: 114 inches 

Month with Highest Amount of Snow: January '05 - 50.9 inches

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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#1

Year: 1992-93

Total Amount of Snow: 114 inches

Month with Highest Amount of Snow: March '93 - 44 inches

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 
 

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