Storm Coordination Message #1 – Wednesday 12/26/12-Thursday 12/27/12 Storm Event

Hello to all..

..Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators..
..Light Precipitation overnight was less than expected along with temperatures near or just above freezing, snow/ice totals were 1″ or less. A few more snow showers or light mixed precipitation will occur Christmas Morning with little additional accumulation and the Winter Weather Advisory has been cancelled for Christmas morning..
..A more powerful coastal storm will occur Wednesday Evening into Thursday bringing heavy snow to Western New England, a Wintry mix to interior Central and Northeastern New England and a windswept rain to Southeast New England and East Coastal Massachusetts..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednseday Evening through Thursday Evening for Franklin, Northern Worcester, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts and all of Southern New Hampshire for 8-12″ of snow and around a trace of ice from Heavy Snow with a possibility of sleet and freezing rain..
..A High Wind Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Morning for Southeast Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands and South Coastal Rhode Island for sustained winds from 30-40 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely Wednesday Evening into Thursday Evening..

Overnight, light precipitation was lighter than expected and temperatures were marginally near freezing or even above freezing along the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This resulted in snowfall totals reported so far of less than an inch versus the 1-3″ with isolated 4″ amounts expected. Some light freezing drizzle was also noted but did not hamper conditions. The Winter Weather Advisory for Christmas Morning has been dropped for the region. A few more snow showers or freezing drizzle/light rain may occur this morning before precipitation moves out of the region. As a side note, the definition of a ‘White Christmas’ is that there is 1″ of snow on the ground on or before 7 AM ET on Christmas Day. We will continue to monitor during Christmas Morning for any snowfall reports for the area from this light event.

A much more potent coastal storm is expected to affect Southern New England Wednesday Evening into Thursday Evening. A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednseday Evening through Thursday Evening for Franklin, Northern Worcester, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts and all of Southern New Hampshire for 8-12″ of snow and around a trace of ice from Heavy Snow with a possibility of sleet and freezing rain. Across areas outside of the Winter Storm Watch area north and west of the Boston to Providence corridor, a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain with some snow and ice accumulation expected before some areas particularly closest to the Boston to Providence corridor changes over to rain. Areas from Boston to Providence corridor through Cape Cod and the Islands will see a period of mix precipitation before it changes over to a windswept rain. All of this is dependent on the track of the coastal storm which is currently expected to be inside the 40 North/70 West benchmark and near/over Southern New England. A further west track moves the rain/snow line further north while a further east track will bring the rain/snow line further south. Winter Weather Advisories may be required for most areas outside of the Winter Storm Watch area in future forecasts. Minor coastal flooding and beach erosion is possible at the time of high tide across north and east facing locations of the East Coastal Massachusetts.

A High Wind Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Morning for Bristol, Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands and South Coastal Rhode Island for sustained winds of 30-40 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH. These winds could cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and holiday decorations should be secured as well. Some interior locations outside of the current High Wind Watch area may reach Wind Advisory thresholds.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely Wednesday late Afternoon/Evening into Thursday evening. Another coordination message will be issued by 11 PM Christmas Evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch statement, High Wind Watch Statement, and Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Taunton High Wind Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

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..

..Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Operators..
..Light Precipitation overnight was less than expected along with temperatures near or just above freezing, snow/ice totals were 1″ or less. A few more snow showers or light mixed precipitation will occur Christmas Morning with little additional accumulation and the Winter Weather Advisory has been cancelled for Christmas morning..
..A more powerful coastal storm will occur Wednesday Evening into Thursday bringing heavy snow to Western New England, a Wintry mix to interior Central and Northeastern New England and a windswept rain to Southeast New England and East Coastal Massachusetts..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednseday Evening through Thursday Evening for Franklin, Northern Worcester, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts and all of Southern New Hampshire for 8-12″ of snow and around a trace of ice from Heavy Snow with a possibility of sleet and freezing rain..
..A High Wind Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Morning for Southeast Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands and South Coastal Rhode Island for sustained winds from 30-40 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely Wednesday Evening into Thursday Evening..

Overnight, light precipitation was lighter than expected and temperatures were marginally near freezing or even above freezing along the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This resulted in snowfall totals reported so far of less than an inch versus the 1-3″ with isolated 4″ amounts expected. Some light freezing drizzle was also noted but did not hamper conditions. The Winter Weather Advisory for Christmas Morning has been dropped for the region. A few more snow showers or freezing drizzle/light rain may occur this morning before precipitation moves out of the region. As a side note, the definition of a ‘White Christmas’ is that there is 1″ of snow on the ground on or before 7 AM ET on Christmas Day. We will continue to monitor during Christmas Morning for any snowfall reports for the area from this light event.

A much more potent coastal storm is expected to affect Southern New England Wednesday Evening into Thursday Evening. A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Wednseday Evening through Thursday Evening for Franklin, Northern Worcester, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts and all of Southern New Hampshire for 8-12″ of snow and around a trace of ice from Heavy Snow with a possibility of sleet and freezing rain. Across areas outside of the Winter Storm Watch area north and west of the Boston to Providence corridor, a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain with some snow and ice accumulation expected before some areas particularly closest to the Boston to Providence corridor changes over to rain. Areas from Boston to Providence corridor through Cape Cod and the Islands will see a period of mix precipitation before it changes over to a windswept rain. All of this is dependent on the track of the coastal storm which is currently expected to be inside the 40 North/70 West benchmark and near/over Southern New England. A further west track moves the rain/snow line further north while a further east track will bring the rain/snow line further south. Winter Weather Advisories may be required for most areas outside of the Winter Storm Watch area in future forecasts. Minor coastal flooding and beach erosion is possible at the time of high tide across north and east facing locations of the East Coastal Massachusetts.

A High Wind Watch is now in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday Morning for Bristol, Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands and South Coastal Rhode Island for sustained winds of 30-40 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH. These winds could cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and holiday decorations should be secured as well. Some interior locations outside of the current High Wind Watch area may reach Wind Advisory thresholds.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton are likely Wednesday late Afternoon/Evening into Thursday evening. Another coordination message will be issued by 11 PM Christmas Evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch statement, High Wind Watch Statement, and Hazardous Weather Outlook:

NWS Taunton High Wind Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

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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