Storm Coordination Message #1 – Monday 3/23/20-Tuesday Morning 3/24/20 Winter Storm Potential

Hello to all…

..Winter makes a brief return with the potential for heavy wet snow accumulation in Western and Central Massachusetts particularly in the higher elevations with lighter snow accumulations in other parts of Southern New England before a change to rain as a coastal storm moves through the region..
..A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect from Monday Morning through late Monday Night for Franklin, Northern Worcester, Northern Middlesex, Western Hampshire and Western Hampden Counties of Massachusetts for 4-8″ of snow. The snow will be heavy and wet and this could lead to isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and isolated power outages and the evening commute would be most adversely affected by this system. Areas outside of but close to the watch area could have Winter Weather Advisories in future updates.
..Eastern New England particularly south and east of I-495 through Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts will see mostly rain from this system..
..SKYWARN Self Activation with Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets likely Monday Afternoon and Evening across the Winter Storm Watch area and any Winter Weather Advisory areas..

A coastal storm will bring a touch of winter to portions of interior Southern New England for Monday. The headlines depict the current thinking. Key factors for this storm include:

1.) A track closer to the coast will bring warmer air into the region and knock down snow accumulations and move the heavier snow into Northern New England. A track further offshore would mean less snow in interior Southern New England and still result in mostly rain in Eastern New England.
2.) How much cold air is locked in as the storm system moves through the region assuming the current track remains in place.

SKYWARN Self Activation with Amateur Radio Call-Up Nets likely Monday Afternoon and Evening across the Winter Storm Watch area and any Winter Weather Advisory areas. Another coordination message will be posted by 1030 PM Sunday Evening. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook, Enhanced Hazardous Weather Outlook and snow and ice maps:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Storm Watch Statement:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Boston/Norton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
https://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

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

NWS Boston/Norton Snow and Ice Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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