MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT
December 24, 2017
Re: Winter Storm With Snow and Strong Winds
A winter storm will impact the state this evening and Monday. There is still some uncertainty in the track of the storm, but the forecast calls for snow to overspread most of the state late tonight and last into mid-day tomorrow. More particularly, precipitation will fall as snow except in the southeast (south and east of the I-95 corridor) where it will remain as rain to the south of the I-95 corridor and there may be a mixture of rain, sleet and snow along the I-95 corridor. Snowfall totals will be greatest in northern Massachusetts, with the northern areas of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Worcester and Middlesex Counties receiving 6” t 8” of snow. 3” to 6” of accumulation is forecast for other areas to the north and west of the I-95 corridor. See the Snowfall Total Graphic below.
Strong and potentially damaging winds through Monday also are forecast for this storm. Gusts of 40 MPH to 50 MPH are forecast for much of the state, with gusts up to 65 MPH over areas of the Cape and Islands.
During the storm, travel may be hazardous, particularly to the north and west of the I-95 corridor, due to the snow, sleet and freezing rain. Additionally, the strong winds may result in downed limbs, trees, and utility wires. Power outages are expected with this storm, particularly over the Cape and Islands.
Watches, Warnings, Advisories
Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for the northern areas of the state that are expected to receive up to 8” of snow. A High Wind Warning has been issued for the Cape and Islands. Winter Weather and Wind Advisories have been issued for other areas of the state. The current Warnings, Watches and Advisories are detailed below.