NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: Blizzard Warning

.A CRIPPLING AND POTENTIALLY HISTORIC BLIZZARD WILL IMPACT THE

AREA MAINLY FROM LATE TODAY INTO TUESDAY…LINGERING INTO EARLY

WEDNESDAY…

…BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO

1 AM EST WEDNESDAY…

* LOCATIONS…EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS AS WELL AS

ALL OF RHODE ISLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY SNOW…STRONG WINDS AND BLIZZARD

CONDITIONS. CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. STRONG TO

DAMAGING WINDS.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF AROUND 20 TO 30 INCHES…

WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 4 INCHES AN

HOUR AT TIMES.

* TIMING…WHILE THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATE TODAY AND

LINGER INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY…THE WORST OF THE STORM WILL BE

TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL RESULT IN WHITE-OUT

/ BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WITH NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY. TRAVEL WILL

BE IMPOSSIBLE AND LIFE THREATENING ACROSS THE ENTIRE REGION.

ALSO SNOW MAY BE WET ENOUGH TO RESULT IN DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND

POWER OUTAGES IN ADDITION TO THE WINDS.

* WINDS…NORTH-NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 65 TO 75 MPH.

THE HEIGHT OF THE WINDS WILL BE LATE TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY.

* VISIBILITIES…ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

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