[March 11, 2022 – 5:00 PM] Wintry Weather & Strong Winds on Saturday – MEMA Situational Report # 1
The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a wintry weather event with rain changing to snow tomorrow, Saturday (3/12). Rain will begin falling early Saturday morning and then change to snow from northwest to southeast, starting late in the morning near the Berkshires and later in the afternoon in southeast Massachusetts. Most of the accumulating snow will occur north and west of Hartford to Worcester, especially in the higher elevations. Initially, the snow may be heavy and wet when it changes over but should transition to a lighter and fluffier snow Saturday afternoon. Current predicted snow accumulations are up to 3 inches for central Massachusetts and 4-8 inches for most of western Massachusetts with northern Berkshire County possibly receiving up to 12 inches of snow. Strong northwest winds are possible Saturday night into Sunday, especially near the coast and in the higher elevations, and may gust to 45-55 mph.
Weather conditions Sunday will be clearing and cold, with gradually diminishing winds. Wind gusts will fall below 30 mph by early Sunday afternoon.
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Last updated: 16:12 EST on 03-11-2022
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The Department of Public Utilities and Electric Distribution Companies (EDCs) are monitoring the weather forecast closely for tomorrow. At this time, EDC plans and preparations are underway for this event and will continue to be formalized as the event nears.
EDC plans and preparations:
o Restoration activities are generally accomplished within 24-48 hours period.
o Typically, up to 5% (14,000 – 70,000) customer interruptions
|The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the situation and will disseminate additional Situational Awareness Statements (SAS), as necessary.