Storm Coordination Message #1 – Thursday Night 3/1/18 Through Saturday Afternoon 3/3/18 Storm Event

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..Powerful and long duration coastal storm will bring the potential for multiple and potentially significant coastal flooding to East Coastal Massachusetts along with the potential for strong to damaging winds, heavy rainfall that could lead to urban, poor drainage and potentially river and stream flooding and rain changing to snow in some areas over the course of the storm event Thursday Night through Saturday..
..A Coastal Flood Watch is now in effect for East Coastal Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the Islands from Friday Morning to Saturday Afternoon for the potential of moderate to major coastal flooding over multiple high tide cycles..
..A High Wind Watch is now in effect from Friday Morning through Saturday Afternoon for all of Central and Eastern Massachusetts from Worcester County eastward through the Cape and Islands and all of Rhode Island for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH and isolated to scattered higher wind gusts likely. These winds will cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated to scattered power outages..
..A Flood Watch is now in effect for the entire coverage of NWS Taunton from Friday Morning through Saturday Morning for 1-3 inches of rainfall with isolated higher rainfall amounts of 4″. This rainfall could produce urban and small stream flooding as well as urban and poor drainage flooding..
..Rain could change to snow in western parts of the coverage area leading to a small snow accumulation. This aspect is lowest confidence and could change as we get closer to the event..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton likely for much of Friday and again on Saturday with timeframes to be determined as we get closer to the event..

Model solutions are converging on a storm track just offshore of the Southern New England coastline but close enough to get the region into significant impacts from coastal flooding which could hit major category in multiple locations, damaging wind gusts causing isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and scattered power outages and heavy rainfall leading to urban and poor drainage flooding and small river and stream flooding. The headlines reflect the current thinking. Factors for consideration:

1.) Winds could be stronger than currently listed in the High Wind Watch area and the exact areas for the strongest wind gusts will be better defined in future updates.
2.) This is likely to be one of the bigger coastal flood episodes for East Coastal Massachusetts particularly when considering the multiple tide cycles and higher astronomical tides. This will bear close watching and preparations in this area should start and be completed by Thursday Night.
3.) Heavy rainfall could lead to urban and poor drainage flooding as well as street flooding. If the heavier rainfall occurs over East Coastal Massachusetts, this could cause further flooding issues in the coastal areas.
4.) Lowest confidence in this forecast is regarding any rain changing to snow potential. This should become better defined in future updates.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton likely for much of Friday and again on Saturday with timeframes to be determined as we get closer to the event. Below is the NWS Taunton Coastal Flood Watch Statement, High Wind Watch Statement, Flood Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook, Snowfall Maps and NWS Facebook storm briefing post:

NWS Taunton Coastal Flood Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.whus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Taunton Flood Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus61.KBOX.html

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

NWS Taunton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Taunton Snowfall Maps:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Taunton Facebook Storm Briefing Post:

https://www.facebook.com/NWSBoston/photos/pcb.1639867456107619/1639865366107828/?type=3&theater

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Sunday 2/25/17 – Wintry Mix/Icing Event

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..Wintry mix of precipitation with a possible extended period of freezing rain in interior western and central New England on Sunday..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Northern Connecticut, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Worcester, Middlesex and Essex Counties of Massachusetts from 1 AM to 1 PM Sunday for a coating to 1 inch of snow and sleet with icing conditions from a light glaze to one-quarter inch causing hazardous travel. Areas that receive one-quarter inch of ice could see isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for snow and icing reports, travel impacts and any icing damage. This will be the only coordination message on this storm situation unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook, Snow and Ice Maps and NWS Taunton Facebook post..

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

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

NWS Taunton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Taunton Snowfall Maps:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Taunton Facebook Storm Briefing Post:

https://www.facebook.com/NWSBoston/photos/pcb.1635924603168571/1635923703168661/?type=3&theater

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
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Storm Coordination Message #4 – Saturday Night 2/17/18-Sunday Morning 2/18/18 Winter Storm Potential

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..Quick Hitting Winter Storm likely to bring a plowable snowfall to much of Southern New England. Precipitation type issue concerns could keep snow amounts a bit lower for South Coastal Massachusetts and South Coastal Rhode Island though amounts since last update are unchanged. Cape Cod expected to see mostly advisory level snow but could see high-end advisory to low-end warning criteria amounts around the Cape Cod Canal area. Areas around or just north of the Mass Pike could potentially see slightly higher snowfall amounts as well..
..A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 7 AM Sunday Morning for Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Eastern Hampden, Southern Worcester, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for 4-8″ of snow with a period of 1-2″ per hour snowfall during the overnight period. There is some question of snow mixing with rain along the immediate south coast of Massachusetts/Rhode Island which could hold snow amounts lower. This will bear watching. Near this transition zone, the snow will heavy and wet and could result in isolated tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 7 AM Sunday Morning for Franklin, Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties of Massachusetts for 3-6″ of snow with isolated higher amounts and the highest amounts closer to the Mass Pike..
..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 7 AM Sunday Morning for Marthas Vineyard for 2-5″ of snow..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for Barnstable County through 7 AM Sunday Morning for 2-4″ of snow with isolated amounts to 6″ on the western end of Cape Cod. Nantucket will receive 1-3″ of snow with rain holding down amounts in that area..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for snowfall reports and wet snow damage reports including final snowfall amount monitoring over the course of early Sunday Morning. This will be the last coordination message for this event unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook, Snowfall Maps and Facebook Storm Briefing Post..

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

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

NWS Taunton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Taunton Snowfall Maps:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Taunton Facebook Storm Briefing Post:

https://www.facebook.com/NWSBoston/photos/pcb.1628965093864522/1628961603864871/?type=3&theater

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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)
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Storm Coordination Message #3 – Saturday Night 2/17/18-Sunday Morning 2/18/18 Winter Storm Potential

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..Quick Hitting Winter Storm likely to bring a plowable snowfall to much of Southern New England. Precipitation type issue concerns for South Coastal Massachusetts. South Coastal Rhode Island and Cape Cod and still some question of heavier snowfall in areas just north of the Mass Pike with the latest round of model updates..
..A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 7 PM Saturday Evening to 7 AM Sunday Morning for Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island, and all of Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts for 5-8″ of snow with a period of 1-2″ per hour snowfall during the overnight period. There is some question of snow mixing with rain along the immediate south coast of Massachusetts/Rhode Island which could hold snow amounts lower. This will bear watching. Near this transition zone, the snow will heavy and wet and could result in isolated tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 7 PM Saturday Evening to 7 AM Sunday Morning for Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, Northern Worcester, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties of Massachusetts for 3-5″ of snow..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from 7 PM Saturday Evening to 7 AM Sunday Morning for Marthas Vineyard for 3-6″ of snow..
..A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for Barnstable County for Saturday Evening into Sunday Morning. In this area there is higher uncertainty of reaching 6″ or more of snow but it is still possible particularly around the Cape Cod Canal and the western part of the county. Other parts of the county could receive less snow of 1-3″. Nantucket will receive 1-3″ of snow with rain holding down amounts in that area..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for snowfall reports and wet snow damage reports. Another coordination message will be posted by 8 PM Saturday Evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook, Snowfall Maps and Facebook Storm Briefing Post..

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

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

NWS Taunton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Taunton Snowfall Maps:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Taunton Facebook Storm Briefing Post:

https://www.facebook.com/NWSBoston/photos/pcb.1628439493917082/1628438747250490/?type=3&theater

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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)
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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Saturday Night 2/17/18-Sunday Morning 2/18/18 Winter Storm Potential

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..Quick Hitting Winter Storm likely to bring a plowable snowfall to much of Southern New England. Track trend has been a bit further southeast meaning inclusion of Barnstable County Massachusetts in the Winter Storm Watch area and potentially highest snowfall amounts in Southeast New England..
..A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for Saturday Night into early Sunday Morning for Eastern Hampden, Southern Worcester, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Northern Connecticut for 4-8″ of snow. The snow will be of heavier and wetter consistency and this could cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages if higher amounts are realized. 3-6″ of snow is possible north of the Winter Storm Watch area depending on the storm track..
..Confidence in snowfall amounts and storm scenario is moderate at this time with uncertainty as to the rain-snow line in Southeast New England and how far north and west the plowable snow will cover in Southern New England. A storm track closer to the coast means more mixing of rain in Southeast Coastal areas and heavier snow to the north and west while a track further south and east means lighter snowfall amounts in the northern and western parts of the region and higher snow totals and no rain-snow mixing issues in Southeast New England. As mentioned in the top headline, the track trend has been a bit further southeast over the course of Friday..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for snowfall reports and wet snow damage reports. Another coordination message will be posted by 10 AM Saturday Morning. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook, Snowfall Maps and Facebook Storm Briefing Post..

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

NWS Taunton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Taunton Snowfall Maps:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Saturday Night 2/17/18-Sunday Morning 2/18/18 Winter Storm Potential

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..Quick Hitting Winter Storm likely to bring a plowable snowfall to much of Southern New England. Confidence in snowfall amounts and storm scenario is moderate at this time with uncertainty as to the rain-snow line in Southeast New England and how far north and west the plowable snow will cover in Southern New England. A storm track closer to the coast means more mixing of rain in Southeast Coastal areas and heavier snow to the north and west while a track further south and east means lighter snowfall amounts in the region and no rain-snow mixing issues in Southeast New England..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect for Saturday Night into early Sunday Morning for Eastern Hampden, Southern Worcester, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Northern Connecticut for 4-8″ of snow. The snow will be of heavier and wetter consistency and this could cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages if higher amounts are realized. 3-6″ of snow is possible north of the Winter Storm Watch area..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for snowfall reports and wet snow damage reports. Another coordination message will be posted by 11 PM Friday Evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and Snowfall Maps..

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

NWS Taunton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Taunton Snowfall Maps:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Taunton Facebook Storm Briefing Post:

https://www.facebook.com/NWSBoston/photos/pcb.1627454864015545/1627454677348897/?type=3&theater

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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)
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Sunday 2/11/18 Heavy Rainfall/Flood Potential

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..Storm System will bring a widespread rainfall of 1-2″ with isolated higher amounts of 2-3″ in Southeast New England as well as the potential for strong winds on the Cape and Islands..
..A Flood Watch is in effect for all of Rhode Island and Bristol, Plymouth and Barnstable Counties of Massachusetts through Sunday Evening for this rainfall of 1-3″. These rains could bring urban to poor drainage flooding and a few small rivers such as the Pawtuxet, Pawcatuck and Wood Rivers to minor flood stage..
..Strong Wind Gusts on the Cape and Islands are possible Sunday Evening. At this time, wind gusts of around 40 MPH are possible but there is a low risk for wind gusts as high as 45-50 MPH and will be monitored in future updates..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor for rainfall, flooding and wind reports through Sunday Evening. This will be the only coordination message unless a significant upgrade to the situation occurs and time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Taunton Flood Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook..

NWS Taunton Flood Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus61.KBOX.html

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

NWS Taunton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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)
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Storm Coordination Message #2 – Wednesday 2/7/18 Winter Storm Potential

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..Storm System will move across Southern New England Wednesday with the potential for heavy snow in portions of northern and western Southern New England, accumulating mixed precipitation in central interior and potentially northeast coastal locations with snow over to rain in Southeast New England. Snowfall could be wet and heavy in interior locations under the Winter Storm Warning and northern areas of the Winter Weather Advisory which could lead to isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 7 AM to 10 PM Wednesday for Franklin, Hampshire, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties for 5-8 inches of snow with isolated higher amounts of up to 10 inches and ice accumulations of one-tenth inch..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 7 AM to 10 PM Wednesday for Hartford County Connecticut, Hampden, Central Middlesex, Southern Worcester and Western Essex Counties of Massachusetts for 3-5″ of snow and one-tenth inch of ice accretion..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 7 AM to 6 PM Wednesday for Tolland and Windham Counties of Connecticut, Eastern Essex, Norfolk, Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk, Counties of Massachusetts and Northwest Providence County of Rhode Island for 2-4″ of snow and one-tenth inch of ice accretion..
..Areas outside of the Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory areas could see a coating to 2″ of snow before a changeover to rain and the rain will be heavy at times. Wind gusts to 40 MPH are possible in portions of Southeast Coastal New England..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this storm system for Wednesday. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible if the concern for wet snow and/or ice damage increases..

A storm system will move across Southern New England on Wednesday with the potential for heavy snowfall and a period of snowfall around 1″ per hour. There is high confidence that a plowable snowfall will occur and the headlines reflect current thinking with Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories for much of the interior with the heaviest snowfall in Western and Northern Massachusetts. There remains some spread in the model guidance and snowfall and icing amounts could be adjusted further based on the track of the storm and the position and track of the rain-snow line based on the storm track. Some models continue to have the storm track near the Cape Cod Canal or into Southeast New England while other reliable model guidance brings the track over or just north of Boston. This will affect the rain-snow line and ultimately snow and ice amounts in the Winter Storm Warning and advisory areas but again the headlines reflect the current thinking. Southeast New England is likely to see mostly rain with this storm system after a period of snow at the start.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this storm system for Wednesday. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible if the concern for wet snow and/or icing damage increases. This will likely be the last coordination message unless time allows for another full update if significant change occurs or if ops are initiated at NWS, a shortened coordination message will be posted again if time allows for an update. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook, Snow and Ice maps and the NWS Taunton Facebook Post on this storm system.

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

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

NWS Taunton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Taunton Snow and Ice Maps:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Taunton Facebook Storm Briefing Post:

https://www.facebook.com/NWSBoston/photos/pcb.1618471278247237/1618469124914119/?type=3&theater

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
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Storm Coordination Message #1 – Wednesday 2/7/18 Winter Storm Potential

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..Storm System will move across Southern New England Wednesday with the potential for heavy snow in portions of northern and western Southern New England, accumulating mixed precipitation in central interior and potentially northeast coastal locations with snow over to rain in Southeast New England. Snowfall could be wet and heavy in interior locations under the Winter Storm Watch areas which could lead to isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages..
..A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Wednesday Morning through late Wednesday Night for Franklin, Hampshire, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for 6-10″ of snow with isolated higher amounts possible and a light glaze of ice..
..A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Wednesday Morning through late Wednesday Night for Hartford County Connecticut, Central and Southeast Middlesex, Hampden, Southern Worcester and Essex Counties of Massachusetts for 4-8″ of snow with isolated higher amounts in some interior locations and up to one-tenth inch of icing..
..Areas outside of the Winter Storm Watch could see a coating to 2″ of snow before a changeover to rain and the rain will be heavy at times. Wind gusts to 40 MPH are possible in portions of Southeast Coastal New England..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this storm system for Wednesday. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible if the concern for wet snow damage increases..

A storm system will move across Southern New England on Wednesday with the potential for heavy snowfall and a period of snowfall around 1″ per hour. There is high confidence that a plowable snowfall will occur in much of Winter Storm Watch area but snowfall amounts could be adjusted based on the track of the storm and the position and track of the rain-snow line based on the storm track. Some models have this track near the Cape Cod Canal or into Southeast New England while other reliable model guidance brings the track over or just north of Boston. This will affect the rain-snow line and ultimately snow and ice amounts in the Winter Storm Watch area. Southeast New England is likely to see mostly rain with this storm system after a period of snow at the start.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor this storm system for Wednesday. Ops at NWS Taunton are possible if the concern for wet snow damage increases. Another coordination message will be posted by 1130 PM this evening. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook, Snow and Ice maps and the NWS Taunton Facebook Post on this storm system.

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

NWS Taunton Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://www.weather.gov/box/ehwo

NWS Taunton Snowfall Maps:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Taunton Facebook Storm Briefing Post:

https://www.facebook.com/NWSBoston/photos/pcb.1617971991630499/1617970764963955/?type=3&theater

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant 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)
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Special Announcement & Off-Topic Post: Volunteers Still Needed for the 2018 Boston Marathon – Amateur Radio Operators as well as Medical and Other Volunteers

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We appreciate everyone’s patience as we make an off-topic post on Volunteers (particularly Amateur Radio oriented but opportunities exist for medical and non-Amateur Radio volunteers for the 2018 Boston Marathon. Registration information is below:

There are volunteer opportunities for the 2018 Boston Marathon including for Amateur Radio Operators across the start, course, finish and with transportation medical buses and for non-Amateur Radio Operators for various medical and logistical roles across these areas. Volunteer registration is open through Wednesday February 7th. For volunteer information registration and information, please see the following link:

http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/event-information/volunteer-information/volunteer-registration.aspx

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 Boston Marathon but are not sure at this early stage about whether you can participate, we encourage you to register now and if it turns out you cannot volunteer, send notification that you can no longer volunteer as early as possible. It will be very difficult to bring in volunteers once registration closes and if you register and can no longer volunteer at the event, please let us know as early as possible so contingency planning can be completed.

For Amateur Radio/Ham Radio Operators, you don’t need to specify any group name or passcode. Just make sure you request at least one ham radio assignment in your preferences. Once you get your application confirmation number, you’re all set.

If you’re a returning volunteer (whether an Amateur Radio or non-Amateur Radio assignment), you’ll be asked to provide your BAA Volunteer Loyalty Number. You should’ve received that in a separate e-mail from the BAA today. There’s also a tool to look it up on the BAA volunteer site. If you still have trouble finding it, e-mail us and we can help you out.

Don’t delay! Volunteer registration closes on Wednesday February 7th. Help us get the word out by forwarding this e-mail to your club and other hams who might like to volunteer and for non-hams to any volunteer groups who might be interested in supporting the event. Most volunteers first learn about the event through word of mouth. If you know new amateurs or other new people involved in volunteering for events who might like to volunteer, make sure to let them know about it. Even just a quick mention at your club meeting or regular meeting of your organization can be a big help.

If you have any questions about volunteer registration, or the 2018 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime. Volunteering at the Marathon is a big job, and we appreciate the time and effort everyone puts into it. We’re happy to do what we can to make your work more comfortable or effective.

-Matthew Forman/Rob Macedo
-Boston Marathon Amateur Radio Communications Committee

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
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