Storm Coordination Message #1 – Moderate Snowstorm Event Wednesday 2/29/12-Thursday 3/1/12

Hello to all..

..Moderate Snowstorm/winty mix event likely to impact much of interior Southern New England late Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Afternoon..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Afternoon for Franklin, Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester, Northern and Central Middlesex, Western Essex County Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire for 4-8 inches of snow. Both the Wednesday Evening and Thursday Morning commutes could be impacted..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Afternoon for Northern Connecticut, Northwest Providence County RI, Eastern Essex, Eastern Hampden, Southern Worcester, Suffolk and Norfolk counties of Massachusetts for 3-5″ inches of snow along with a trace of ice. There is the possibility of colder temperatures that may bring more snow to portions of the watch area. Both the Wednesday Evening and Thursday Morning commutes could be impacted..
..Areas outside of the Winter Storm Watch area may see some snow and ice accumualtion before a changover to rain..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible Wednesday Afternoon and Evening and Thursday Morning into the afternoon for snow accumulation reports and precipitation changeover reports..

In the mostly snowless winter of 2011-2012, it has been difficult to get any snowstorms with any degree of strength with the exception of a couple storm systems in mid-January. The storm system for Wednesday into Thursday has potential to bring an accumulating moderate snowfall to interior Southern New England particularly around the Mass. Pike and I-495 Northward but possibly extending as far south as the I-95 corridor. The key difference in this storm system is the storm will track sufficiently far north to bring precipitation to much of the region while a high pressure system to the north that keeps colder air in place for at least a portion of the region north and west of the Mass. Pike and I-495 and possibly as far south as the I-95 corridor. This will result in accumulating snow and mixed preciptiation across much of the interior. It is noted that one reliable model guidance tries to push the warmer air further north than several of the other models but with high pressure to the north, this is currently being viewed as an outlier solution.

A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Afternoon for Franklin, Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester, Northern and Central Middlesex, Western Essex County Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire for 4-8 inches of snow. Both the Wednesday Evening and Thursday Morning commutes could be impacted.

A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Afternoon for Northern Connecticut, Northwest Providence County RI, Eastern Essex, Eastern Hampden, Southern Worcester, Suffolk and Norfolk counties of Massachusetts for 3-5″ inches of snow along with a trace of ice. There is the possibility of colder temperatures that may bring more snow to portions of this watch area. Both the Wednesday Evening and Thursday Morning commutes could be impacted.

SKYWARN Activation in some form is likely. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible. Another coordination message will follow by 1130 PM this evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

Hello to all..

..Moderate Snowstorm/winty mix event likely to impact much of interior Southern New England late Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Afternoon..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Afternoon for Franklin, Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester, Northern and Central Middlesex, Western Essex County Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire for 4-8 inches of snow. Both the Wednesday Evening and Thursday Morning commutes could be impacted..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Afternoon for Northern Connecticut, Northwest Providence County RI, Eastern Essex, Eastern Hampden, Southern Worcester, Suffolk and Norfolk counties of Massachusetts for 3-5″ inches of snow along with a trace of ice. There is the possibility of colder temperatures that may bring more snow to portions of the watch area. Both the Wednesday Evening and Thursday Morning commutes could be impacted..
..Areas outside of the Winter Storm Watch area may see some snow and ice accumualtion before a changover to rain..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are possible Wednesday Afternoon and Evening and Thursday Morning into the afternoon for snow accumulation reports and precipitation changeover reports..

In the mostly snowless winter of 2011-2012, it has been difficult to get any snowstorms with any degree of strength with the exception of a couple storm systems in mid-January. The storm system for Wednesday into Thursday has potential to bring an accumulating moderate snowfall to interior Southern New England particularly around the Mass. Pike and I-495 Northward but possibly extending as far south as the I-95 corridor. The key difference in this storm system is the storm will track sufficiently far north to bring precipitation to much of the region while a high pressure system to the north that keeps colder air in place for at least a portion of the region north and west of the Mass. Pike and I-495 and possibly as far south as the I-95 corridor. This will result in accumulating snow and mixed preciptiation across much of the interior. It is noted that one reliable model guidance tries to push the warmer air further north than several of the other models but with high pressure to the north, this is currently being viewed as an outlier solution.

A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Afternoon for Franklin, Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester, Northern and Central Middlesex, Western Essex County Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire for 4-8 inches of snow. Both the Wednesday Evening and Thursday Morning commutes could be impacted.

A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Afternoon for Northern Connecticut, Northwest Providence County RI, Eastern Essex, Eastern Hampden, Southern Worcester, Suffolk and Norfolk counties of Massachusetts for 3-5″ inches of snow along with a trace of ice. There is the possibility of colder temperatures that may bring more snow to portions of this watch area. Both the Wednesday Evening and Thursday Morning commutes could be impacted.

SKYWARN Activation in some form is likely. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible. Another coordination message will follow by 1130 PM this evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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