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NEW: Winter Weather May Impact Afternoon Commute in Central Mass.

Monday, February 03, 2014

 

Monday's snowy conditions are likely to cause delays and complications for many commuters in Central Mass, and more winter weather is on the way.

While many in region awoke Monday to a wintry mixture of snow and ice, which has continued throughout the day, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Watch, effective overnight Tuesday through Wednesday evening.

From the National Weather Service:

...TWO ROUNDS OF WINTRY WEATHER...

.TWO WEATHER SYSTEMS WILL AFFECT SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND THIS WEEK.
THE FIRST WILL PASS WELL SOUTH OF THE AREA TODAY BUT BRING
ACCUMULATING SNOW SOUTH OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE. THE SECOND
SYSTEM WILL APPROACH FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO TUESDAY NIGHT AND
PASS NEAR OUR SOUTH COAST ON WEDNESDAY. THIS SECOND STORM WILL
BRING POTENTIAL FOR SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW AS WELL AS SOME SLEET
OR FREEZING RAIN.

CTZ002-003-MAZ002>019-026-NHZ011-012-015-032300-
/O.CON.KBOX.WS.A.0004.140205T0500Z-140205T2300Z/
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND 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 BRISTOL MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-CHESHIRE NH-
EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARTFORD...WINDSOR LOCKS...UNION...
VERNON...CHARLEMONT...GREENFIELD...ORANGE...BARRE...FITCHBURG...
FRAMINGHAM...LOWELL...LAWRENCE...GLOUCESTER...CHESTERFIELD...
BLANDFORD...AMHERST...NORTHAMPTON...SPRINGFIELD...MILFORD...
WORCESTER...FOXBORO...NORWOOD...CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY...
TAUNTON...BROCKTON...PLYMOUTH...AYER...JAFFREY...KEENE...
MANCHESTER...NASHUA...PETERBOROUGH...WEARE
951 AM EST MON FEB 3 2014

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...

* TIMING...LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* ACCUMULATIONS...POSSIBLY MORE THAN 6 INCHES OF SNOW...WITH SOME
ICING FROM SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* IMPACTS...DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW AND
ICE ARE POSSIBLE. PLAN TO HAVE TRAVEL COMPLETED TUESDAY EVENING.
CONSIDER ALTERING TRAVEL PLANS FOR WEDNESDAY. STAY TUNED FOR
UPDATED INFORMATION. 

 

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Ski Ward

Great for Worcester families, Ski Ward is the perfect destination for everything snow. On any given day, there are over 200 tubes, up to 8 snow tubing lanes in operation, and 2 lifts to bring you back up for another slide down Ward Hill! This year, Ski Ward is celebrating their 75th anniversary, and it’s no secret what has kept them open so long. For a deal, head over on Tuesdays—on the 1st Tuesday of the month tickets are only $7.50 (for their 75th anniversary), and all other Tuesdays tickets will be $19.39 (that’s the year they opened their doors!).

1000 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA. (508) 842-6346.

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Yawgoo

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160 Yawgoo Valley Road, Exeter, RI. (401) 294-3802.

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Nashoba Valley

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79 Powers Road, Westford, MA. (978) 692-3033.

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Ski Butternut

The Berkshire region of Massachusetts is ideal for a winter getaway. At about an hour and a half drive from Worcester and a two-hour drive from Providence, it is close enough to make a day trip out of it, but the area’s beauty will make you forget you’re so close to home. In the Berkshire town of Great Barrington, you will find Ski Butternut on East Mountain. The price is right for a great tubing experience—only $20 for two hours. This park features 8 tubing lanes, 7 chutes, 200 tubes, an old fashioned handle lift, and 100% snowmaking coverage.

380 State Road, Rte. 23, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-2000.

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Amesbury Sports Park

When many people think of northeastern Massachusetts, they think of the beaches and dunes. Well, the town of Amesbury boasts something a little different: Amesbury Sports Park. During the winter, they are 100% dedicated to snow tubing fun on their lanes—the hill is the steepest tubing hill in the state.

12 S Hunt Road, Amesbury, MA. (978) 388-5788.

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Mount Snow

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39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT. (802) 245-SNOW.

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Woodbury Ski Area

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785 Washington Road, Woodbury, CT. (203) 263-2203.

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Loon Mountain

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Magic Mountain

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Bousquet Mountain

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Grafton Ponds

Although there is only one snow tubing lane at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, it will be worth the wait to take the ride down the hill. The lane is 600 feet long, one of the longest in New England. Their special snowmaking process ensures perfect conditions all winter long.

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