Huge snowstorm set to hit Massachusetts this weekend, up to 24 inches of snow possible

Joe Mertens

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Folks in Massachusetts should get prepared for a massive snowstorm this weekend, the National Weather Service (NWS) warns.

A Blizzard Warning, Winter Storm Warning, and Winter Storm Watch are going to be in effect across the state as extreme winter weather moves in.

The Blizzard Warning is set to affect the eastern part of the state and will go from midnight tonight until 5 AM EST on Sunday.

Cities affected by the Blizzard Warning include Boston, Plymouth, Quincy, Vineyard Haven, Lawrence, Norwood, and Brockton.

"Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 18 to 24 inches. Winds gusting as high as 70 mph," the NWS released in a statement.

"Considerable blowing and drifting snow along with near white out conditions at times. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour is possible at times," the statement went on to say.

The Winter Storm Warning is in effect for much of central Massachusetts and will go from midnight tonight until midnight on Saturday.

Cities affected by the Winter Storm Warning include Worcester, Springfield, Fitchburg, Greenfield, and Nantucket.

"Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 9 to 16 inches. Winds gusting as high as 70 mph," the NWS said regarding the Winter Storm Warning.

The western part of the state will be affected by a Winter Storm Watch and will receive the least amount of snow, the NWS says.

"Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 7 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph," the NWS said in a statement.

"Travel could be very difficult. The cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes," the statement also said.

The NWS advises that strong caution be taken while traveling. Drive slower than usual and allow for extra space between the vehicles ahead of you and behind you.

If you must travel, be sure to pack these things in case of an emergency:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shovels
  • Road Maps
  • Windshield scraper
  • Blankets
  • Extra winter clothes
  • Flashlights
  • Fully charged phone

For more information, and to keep track of the storm as it progresses, click the following link to go to the National Weather Service website: https://www.weather.gov/box/

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