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Winter Storm Warning
Expires 7:00 AM EST on February 09, 2016

Statement as of 1:57 PM EST on February 8, 2016


... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 am EST
Tuesday...

* locations... Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts. This
includes the cities and towns of Framingham... Lowell... Lawrence...
Gloucester... Milford... Worcester... Foxboro... Norwood...
Cambridge... Boston... Quincy... Taunton... Fall River... New
Bedford... Foster... Smithfield... Providence... West Greenwich...
Warwick... Bristol... Narragansett... westerly and Newport.

* Hazard types... heavy snow.

* Accumulations... snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches.

* Timing... snow of varying intensity this afternoon. Snow
intensity should diminish by early evening... but very
localized bands of moderate to heavy snow may persist along
the northeast Massachusetts coast into the overnight hours.

* Impacts... travel will be slow at best on well treated
surfaces... and quite difficult on any unplowed or untreated
surfaces. Blowing and drifting snow is also expected
particularly along the Boston to Providence corridor.

* Winds... north 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

* Visibilities... one quarter mile or less at times.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning is issued when an average of 6 or more
inches of snow is expected in a 12 hour period... or for 8 or more
inches in a 24 hour period. Travel will be slow at best on well
treated surfaces... and quite difficult on any unplowed or
untreated surfaces.






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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 5:38 PM EST on February 8, 2016


... Blizzard of February 8th 2016 in southeast New England...

Blizzard conditions were reached at six locations in southeast New
England on Monday February 8th 2016.

The definition of a blizzard is that falling and/or blowing snow
reduces visibility to below a quarter of a mile along with winds
that frequently gust to 35 mph or more... and that these conditions
are the predominant reported condition for 3 consecutive hours.

When reviewing whether a particular observation location had
blizzard conditions... we counted visibilities equal to a quarter
of a mile since that is quite low for an automated visibility
sensor to be able to detect.

Six locations are listed below along with when the blizzard
conditions occurred:

Nantucket MA... blizzard conditions occurred for a period of 5
hours and 3 minutes from 920 am to 223 PM on February 8th.

Marthas Vineyard MA... blizzard conditions occurred for a period of
4 hours and 42 minutes from 903 am to 145 PM on February 8th.

Chatham MA... blizzard conditions occurred for a period of 4 hours
and 57 minutes from 914 am to 211 PM on February 8th.

Hyannis MA... blizzard conditions occurred for a period of 4 hours
and 39 minutes from 917 am to 156 PM on February 8th.

Falmouth MA... blizzard conditions occurred for a period of 4 hours
from 1115 am to 315 PM on February 8th. Gusts at 1055 am were
only 33 mph... below criteria. If meeting criteria... then blizzard
conditions would have been observed from 1015 am to 315 PM for a
period of 5 hours.

Plymouth MA... blizzard conditions occurred for a period of 3 hours
and 44 minutes from 925 PM to 109 PM on February 8th.

One other location either had near-blizzard conditions but missing
data which made it impossible to evaluate.

Marshfield MA... blizzard conditions occurred from for a period of
2 hours and 30 minutes from 1255 PM to 325 PM on February 8th. The
1225 observation was missing... but should this have been an
observation meeting blizzard criteria... then blizzard conditions
would have been met.


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