UPDATED: Merrimack Valley Braces For First Major Snowstorm Of The WinterJan 19, 2019 01:40AM ● By Bill Gilman
The Merrimack Valley is bracing for what is expected to be the first major snowstorm of the 2018-19 winter season.
As much as 16 inches of snow is expected to fall on the region, with precipitation changing over to sleet and freezing rain, creating dangerous road conditions and possibly posing a danger to power lines.
The National Weather Service has issued the following Winter Storm Warning from 4 p.m. Saturday, through 7 p.m. Sunday night.
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 PM EST SUNDAY... * WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 14 inches and ice accumulations of around one quarter inch expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. * WHERE...Portions of northern and western Massachusetts. * WHEN...Mainly this evening through Sunday afternoon. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Heavy snow develops this evening, changes to a period of freezing rain and sleet in most locations toward daybreak Sunday. A period of plain rain is expected across northeast MA early Sunday morning, but temperatures plunging into the upper teens to lower 20s by lunch time will result in a flash freeze and wet roads becoming icy. Any mixed precipitation will end as a period of snow Sunday afternoon. Travel will be very difficult and hazardous tonight through Sunday afternoon, along with poor visibility. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.The snow is expected to start falling Saturday, either in the late afternoon or early evening.
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