NEW: WInter Weather Advisory in Effect Sunday Night into Monday
Sunday, December 08, 2013
With icy conditions causing last week's pile-up on I-290, motorists in Central MA should take heed tonight and tomorrow morning.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1236 PM EST SUN DEC 8 2013
...WINTRY MIXED PRECIPITATION LATE TONIGHT INTO MONDAY...
.PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN AS SNOW LATER TONIGHT...BUT GRADUALLY
CHANGE TO SLEET...FREEZING RAIN AND RAIN FROM SOUTH TO NORTH. THE
TRANSITION TO PLAIN RAIN WILL BE QUICKEST NEAR THE COAST WITH AN
EXTENDED PERIOD OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE FURTHER IN
THE INTERIOR. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE LIMITED TO AN INCH OR
2 WITH MINOR ICE ACCRETION POSSIBLE.
WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-
CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-
EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-
SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHARLEMONT...GREENFIELD...ORANGE...
1236 PM EST SUN DEC 8 2013
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS
EVENING TO 1 PM EST MONDAY...
* LOCATIONS...MOST OF INTERIOR MASSACHUSETTS.
* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF UP TO 1 INCH...ALONG WITH
AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.
* TIMING...SNOW DEVELOPING AFTER MIDNIGHT...CHANGING TO SLEET
AND FREEZING RAIN MONDAY MORNING...THEN TO PLAIN RAIN IN THE
* IMPACTS...SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL RESULT IN
HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS WHICH WILL AFFECT THE MONDAY
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SNOW AND/OR ICE IS
FORECAST TO DEVELOP IN THE AFFECTED AREAS...BUT ACCUMULATIONS ARE
EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT. ANY SNOW OR ICE WOULD MAKE DRIVING AND
WALKING DIFFICULT...BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE...ON UNTREATED ROADWAYS
AND SIDEWALKS. WHEN TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW FREEZING...MOTORISTS
NEED TO BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES WHERE
SLIPPERY SPOTS CAN EASILY DEVELOP.
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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.