MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT
DATE: March 3, 2019
TIME: 4:30 PM
SUBJECT: Winter Storm Tonight into Monday
The National Weather Service continues to monitor the next winter storm, forecast to begin impacting the Commonwealth this evening through Monday morning.
Winter Storm Warnings are now in effect for most of Massachusetts, except for Northern Berkshire County, Franklin County, Western Hampshire County, and Cape Cod, where Winter Weather Advisories remain in effect.
Snow is forecast to begin between 6-8 PM in western MA, and between 8-10 PM in eastern MA. Snow will end around 4-6am in western MA, and around 6-9 AM in central and northeastern MA.
The time period for the heaviest snow is forecast to occur between 1am and 6am Monday. Impacts to the Monday Morning Commute are likely.
The forecast calls for a widespread 6-10” of snow, with locally higher amounts, across much of the region. Franklin County, Western Hampshire County, and Cape Cod are expected to receive 3-5” of snow, with similar amounts in Northern Berkshire County. The snow should change to rain on Cape Cod during the early morning hours.
There are no other major risks associated with this storm (no coastal flooding, no wind). However, there is a risk for isolated power outages from northern CT and into northwest RI and interior MA if higher snow amounts develop.
After the storm passes on Monday, winds will increase to 30-40 MPH during the day along the coast, including Cape Ann, Cape Cod, and the South Coast.
Daytime temperatures will be 35-40 degrees Monday afternoon, but will be colder Monday night. Current Monday night temperatures are forecast to be in the single digits in Berkshire County, with teens elsewhere and 20s on the Cape. Wind chill values will make these temperatures feel like 0-10 degrees. Winds are forecast to be 5-10 mph. Tuesday temperatures