Storm Coordination Message #2 – Sunday 1/9/22 – Icing & Strong Wind Gust Potential

Hello to all…

..After the moderate to heavy snowstorm of late Thursday Night into Friday, a smaller winter storm system will bring freezing rain and potential icing to interior western and central portions of Southern New England. The icing will largely be a travel hazard similar to prior events between Christmas and the middle of last week in the region. Use caution if traveling tomorrow in these areas and monitor local traffic and weather conditions..
..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 7 AM-7 PM Sunday for Northern Connecticut and Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester and Northern Middlesex County Massachusetts for a light glaze to 0.10″ of icing in the lower elevations causing hazardous travel conditions with up to and around a 0.25″ of icing in the higher elevations. If icing of 0.25″ or more occurs over a widespread enough area, this could raise the risk for isolated pockets of tree and wire damage from the icing and will be monitored closely..
..Strong wind gusts of up to 40 MPH may affect coastal areas on Sunday. At this time, winds should fall short of Wind Advisory criteria..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor icing and strong wind gust conditions for Sunday..

We want to thank all SKYWARN spotters and Amateur Radio Operators for their support during the prior winter storm. The following is a weather map of snowfall reports from the area from that winter storm:

NWS Boston/Norton Friday 1/8/22 Snowfall Map:
http://wx1box.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Winter_Storm_1_7_22.png

An icing event is likely across interior western and central portions of Southern New England with some strong wind gusts though short of wind advisory criteria across coastal areas. The headlines depict current thinking. Key factors include:

1.) Icing will be a travel concern and in the higher elevations, icing of around 0.25″ could occur. If icing of 0.25″ or more occurs over a widespread enough area, this could raise the risk for isolated pockets of tree and wire damage from the icing and will be monitored closely.
2.) Strong wind gusts of around 40 MPH may occur in some coastal areas but should remain below Wind Advisory criteria but those trends will be monitored.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor icing and strong wind gust conditions for Sunday. Another coordination message will be posted on Sunday Morning before 1000 AM if a significant change to the situation occurs and time allows for an update as we move to operations mode. Below is the NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory & Snow/Ice Maps and Area Forecast Discussion:

NWS Boston/Norton Winter Weather Advisory Statement & Snowfall Maps:
https://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Boston/Norton Area Forecast Discussion:
https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=BOX&product=AFD&issuedby=BOX

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
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