BOSTON - The first big winter storm of the season moved through Sunday bringing a mix of snow, ice and rain.
More than 8" of snow was reported in southern NH and the Merrimack Valley. On top of that we had close to 0.25" of ice in some neighborhoods causing scattered power outages and dangerous travel.
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The Cape & Islands had nearly 4" of rain leading to coastal flooding and even a few isolated thunderstorms.
By Monday morning, a flash freeze overnight solidified any remaining snow and water on the ground, making for icy roads and sidewalks. No matter where you go on MLK Day, it'll be cold and slippery, so use caution when going outside.
Temperatures were in the single digits by the early morning and below zero in Worcester. Wind gusts of up to 30 mph are possible and likely won't help with power restorations for those who were left in the dark after yesterday's storm. Wind chill values will drop to 5 to 20 BELOW ZERO and will stay there for most of MLK Day.
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY is in effect for the greater Boston area and points north and west tonight through Monday morning. A WIND CHILL WARNING is in effect for parts of northern Worcester County. Cover exposed skin, frostbite becomes a real danger in these conditions.
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The National Weather Service has been updating their snow totals from around the Commonwealth throughout the storm.
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Northern communities Dracut and Lowell also received large amounts of snow, with both towns totaling eight or more inches each. Wakefield, Wayland and Oxford also had 7.5 inches of snow dumped on their respective communities.
Here are some updated snowfall totals we have seen since last night. More snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain expected through the afternoon. pic.twitter.com/uEWGxWDqwD— Vicki Graf (@VickiGrafWX) January 20, 2019
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Out west, Hampshire county seems to have been hit the hardest. Northhampton has accumulated 9.5 inches thus far, while Cummington Police reported 10 inches in their town.
Further south, Springfield has 6.1 inches of snow reported.
Another hefty report from western MA https://t.co/hB0WXiuSOQ— Boston 25 Weather (@BOS25Weather) January 20, 2019
Back east, Franklin had a reported five inches of snow on the ground, as did Somerville and Walpole. Weymouth recorded 4.7 inches as well out of Norfolk County.
Logan Airport has a reported 1.6 inches of snow on the ground as numerous flights have been cancelled through Sunday morning.
Latest on air travel;@flightaware is reporting 4,954 flights cancelled across the country today.— Boston 25 News (@boston25) January 20, 2019
Another 1,633 are delayed.@BostonLogan is one of the harder hit airports.
Jet Blue and Southwest have the most cancellations. pic.twitter.com/Hw0Z4DOhQJ
The latest "Misery Map" from @flightaware.— Boston 25 News (@boston25) January 20, 2019
Total flight delays reported today: 3,980.
Total cancellations: 1,577.
Jet Blue and Southwest are the two of the airlines with the biggest issues. pic.twitter.com/EUw0ckRjmA
The Steamship Authority has also announced a pair of cancellations for the ferry between Hyannis and Nantucket.
Power outages are also a problem in some parts of the Commonwealth. According to MEMA, there were more than 2,000 power outages across Massachusetts early Sunday morning. Weymouth had the most by a single community with 1,421. Foxboro also had a reported 430 outages.
A jump in power outages.— Boston 25 News (@boston25) January 20, 2019
More than 2,000 are now reported across the state according to MEMA.#Wrentham is reporting the most with 1,421 without power.#Foxboro is next with 430 outages.@BOS25Weather@boston25 pic.twitter.com/gpAmGDYZir
Those numbers have changed since early Sunday morning. The state total stands just north of 2,000, however Quincy now has the most outages by any one town with 1,458.
Train travel has also been impacted by the overnight snow, with multiple delays being reported across the MBTA in both the subway system and the commuter rail.
The MBTA experienced both weather and non-weather related delays Sunday morning, making the commute for those looking to avoid icy roads even more difficult.
The latest data suggests a foot or more of snow north of Route 2 in northern MA, with up to 18” falling in ski country.
Boston 25 Meteorologist Shiri Spear says to expect a major winter storm and dangerous travel conditions Sunday.
Sleet and freezing rain will limit snow totals south of the Pike, but ice accumulation on trees and power lines and any untreated surfaces will be a big concern.
The latest snowfall forecast map for Sunday showed that the heaviest snow would be north of the Mass. Pike, with snow expected for most overnight.
That snow will transition to freezing rain, sleet and rain as early as 4 a.m. Sunday from south to north, with a snowy, slushy and icy travel day Sunday afternoon.
Ok folks, here's the latest snowfall forecast map for Sunday— Vicki Graf (@VickiGrafWX) January 19, 2019
*Heaviest snow will be north of the Pike
*Snow is expected for most overnight
*Snow will transition to freezing rain, sleet & rain as early as 4AM Sunday from south to north
*Snowy, slushy, icy travel Sunday afternoon pic.twitter.com/rIEO5PXlVP
Regardless of precipitation type and amount, the system will end with an area-wide last blast of snow and a flash freeze late Sunday -- making for messy driving conditions.
Looks like more freezing rain & rain at coastline could limit totals there... We'll track & adjust as needed to help you prepare today:@BOS25weather@JBrewerBoston25 @VickiGrafwx pic.twitter.com/SxrB9ARpNS— Shiri Spear (@ShiriSpear) January 19, 2019
Time to prepare! It's going to be a messy overnight with most accumulation before sunrise. Be sure to clean up the snow/slush before it turns into cement Sunday afternoon. #mawx @boston25 pic.twitter.com/Elzc7Znwg2— Shiri Spear (@ShiriSpear) January 19, 2019
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is planning for significant snowfall and preparing to respond across the state.
Statement from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
- The first storm was forecast to impact the state Friday morning;
- The second, larger storm, is forecast for Saturday night and Sunday. Forecast confidence remains low for the amount of snow, but areas to the north of the Massachusetts Turnpike and I-95 corridor may receive 1’ to 2’ of snow. Southern parts of the state may see a transition from snow to rain, and an area in between may see periods of sleet and freezing rain with the potential for significant accumulations of ice. Confidence in the track of the storm and its impacts should increase by later today.
- The second storm will be followed by a flash freeze and frigid temperatures. MEMA will disseminate the next Situational Awareness Statement this afternoon and will continue to issue Statements as the week proceeds and confidence in the track, timing and impacts increase, particularly with respect to the second storm.
From the National Weather Service
Saturday night - Sunday night:
Heavy snow changing to an icy mix and then to rain, mainly across the southeast, is expected, along with a risk for strong winds, inland and coastal flooding. This storm is likely to be followed by a flash freeze beginning late day Sunday into Sunday night, with bitter cold air into Monday.
Winter Storm Watch for most of SNE, may be expanded farther south later today. Hazardous travel due to heavy snow & icing Sat night-Sun. Here are the latest snow & ice forecasts. Note these totals will likely need adjustments later today! pic.twitter.com/zxUtbbNcKc— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) January 17, 2019
Be aware, the snowfall totals for the weekend storm are likely to evolve over the next couple of days. Note the rather large range in accumulation between the best and worst case scenarios. These are being provided now as a first look. Sleet accumulation has been added into the "snow" total accumulation.
Overall confidence is high for a moderate to high impact storm, but confidence in exact details and timing remains low at this time. We will continue to update into this weekend.
In Worcester, a parking ban will be in place starting at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, with no set time for it to end yet. The city has five municipal lots open for those needing a place to park.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is currently operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the forecast and will disseminate Situational Awareness Statements as necessary.
Heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding at east coast, & bitter cold starting Saturday night into Sunday evening.— MEMA (@MassEMA) January 18, 2019
Plan now for difficult travel & potential power outages
More details: https://t.co/1Kj2ElcEGe #MAsnow pic.twitter.com/WBmERewgDu
The City of Worcester announced a multi-day parking ban via its official Twitter. The ban goes into effect on Saturday at 4 p.m. and will go through Monday at 10 a.m.
The Declared Winter Parking Ban goes into effect SAT 1/19 at 4PM. Towing & ticketing will be strictly enforced. Municipal parking garages will be open free of charge from SAT 1/19 4PM through MON 1/21 10AM. @Worcester_PL & Worcester Common Oval will be closed on Sunday 1/20. pic.twitter.com/C4jXVorBow— City of Worcester (@TweetWorcester) January 18, 2019
The city says that ticketing and towing will be strictly enforced. Municipal parking garages will be open and free of charge during the entirety of the parking ban.
Revere will also have a parking ban in effect as of 8 p.m. on Saturday evening, according to the local police department's official Twitter. Revere PD released a full list of streets where parking will be not allowed, along with a list of tips and what to do if your car is towed.
STORM ALERT! Parking ban in effect Saturday January 19, 2019 at 8:00pmhttps://t.co/3m7v6LMfZR— Revere Police (@reverepolice) January 18, 2019
The Mayor of Amesbury declared a snow emergency in the city effective Saturday at 5 p.m. through Monday at 5 a.m. The snow emergency means that parking on public roadways in Amesbury is prohibited during that time frame. Residents can park in designated public areas.
The Director of Public Works for the City of Nashua, N.H. has declared a snow emergency starting Saturday night at midnight through Sunday at 12 p.m. During the snow emergency, there is no on-street parking allowed or municipal surface lot parking allowed. The city's overnight parking program is also suspended, but free parking will be available in the Elm Street and High Street garages.
Salem Police have announced that their city will have a parking ban in effect at 8 p.m. on Saturday for everywhere except for downtown, where a separate parking ban will begin at 10 p.m. that night.
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter tweeted out that he has declared a snow emergency in the city effective at 6 p.m. on Saturday. During a snow emergency, street parking is prohibited in Brockton.
Please be advised that Mayor Bill Carpenter has declared a snow emergency in the City of Brockton effective Saturday, January 19th at 6pm— Mayor Bill Carpenter (@MayorBillCarp) January 19, 2019
There is no parking on any city street during the snow emergency. @BrocktonPolice @Brockton_Fire @Brockton_EMA @enterprisenews pic.twitter.com/ODzzPpavMI
Waltham announced that they too would be issuing a parking ban and declaring a snow emergency beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday night. The lone exceptions to the city's ban are Main Street and Moody Street, where parking bans begin at midnight.
People can park in school lots, but they must remove their cars within two hours of the ban being lifted or risk ticketing or towing. Municipal lots are also available for parking; residents will have 24 hours to move their cars from there after the ban has been lifted.
The police department in Gloucester posted on their official Facebook page that a snow emergency parking ban will go into effect in the city at 6 p.m. on Saturday and will last until noon on Sunday. Parking will be available at all municipal and school lots, but residents will have to remove their cars from the off-street lots by the time the parking ban lifts on Sunday.
Natick also declared a parking snow emergency from 6 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Monday morning. The Natick Police Department shared the message on Twitter, saying all vehicles needed to be removed from the public way, or they'd risk being towed.
IN ORDER TO ASSIST IN THE SNOW REMOVAL OPERATIONS THE TOWN OF NATICK HAS DECLARED A PARKING SNOW EMERGENCY STARTING AT 6PM ON SATURDAY AND CONTINUING UNTIL 9AM ON MONDAY MORNING. ALL VEHICLES MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE PUBLIC WAY OR RISK BEING TOWED.— Natick Police (@NATICKPOLICE) January 19, 2019
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National Weather Service/Taunton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org
Winter driving tips from MassDOT:
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights, even the hood and roof, before driving, (start with the tailpipe).
- Leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
- Bridge decks freeze first. Due to the difference in the exposure to air, the surface condition can be worse on a bridge than on the approach road.
- Exit ramps are an even greater challenge during the winter since they may have received less anti-icing material than the main line.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
- Seat belts should be worn at all times – it’s the law.
- Most importantly please remember to slow down.
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