Blizzard Warning


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
451 PM EST SAT DEC 25 2010

...DANGEROUS WINTER STORM HEADED FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND SUNDAY
NIGHT INTO MONDAY...

.LOW PRESSURE OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES WILL BE
INTENSIFYING OFF THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST SUNDAY MORNING. THE
STORM WILL THEN STRENGTHEN FURTHER INTO A MAJOR STORM AS IT MOVES
JUST SOUTHEAST OF NANTUCKET AND CAPE COD MONDAY MORNING. BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND.
THE STORM WILL PULL AWAY FROM THE REGION MONDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT
BUT STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST.

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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-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...FOSTER...SMITHFIELD...
PROVIDENCE...WEST GREENWICH...WARWICK...BRISTOL...NARRAGANSETT...
WESTERLY...NEWPORT
451 PM EST SAT DEC 25 2010

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON SUNDAY TO 6 PM EST
MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON SUNDAY TO 6 PM EST MONDAY.
THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...ALL OF RHODE ISLAND EXCEPT BLOCK ISLAND AND ALL OF
  EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS EXCEPT CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS...WITH
  CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW AND NEAR ZERO
  VISIBILITIES. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WITH SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...15 TO 20 INCHES OF SNOW.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL START IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON AND BECOME
  HEAVY BY EVENING. VERY HEAVY SNOW WILL FALL THROUGHOUT SUNDAY
  NIGHT WITH UP TO 2 TO 4 INCHES PER HOUR LIKELY AT TIMES. THE
  SNOW WILL TAPER TO FLURRIES EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL
  PEAK FROM LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MUCH OF MONDAY.

* IMPACTS...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP BY
  SUNDAY EVENING. STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE WITH THE SNOW TO
  CREATE BLINDING CONDITIONS WITH NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY AT TIMES
  SUNDAY NIGHT. WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE EXPECTED DURING THE
  HEIGHT OF THE STORM SUNDAY NIGHT FROM BOTH THE STRONG WINDS
  KNOCKING DOWN POWER LINES AND THE WEIGHT OF THE HEAVY SNOW.
  SHOVELING SHOULD NOT BE DONE BY ANYONE WITH HEART CONDITIONS.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST TO NORTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH
  WITH GUSTS AS HIGH 50 TO 60 MPH ESPECIALLY ALONG COASTAL RHODE
  ISLAND AND COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS FROM LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
  THROUGH MUCH OF MONDAY.

* TEMPERATURES...WILL RANGE FROM THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OVER 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND/OR
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  VISIBILITIES WILL BECOME POOR WITH
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES.  THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY
BECOME LOST OR DISORIENTED...SO PERSONS IN THE WARNING AREA ARE
ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS.

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