Saturday Storm to Bring Heavy Snow, Blizzard Conditions

Governor asks residents to stay off the roads starting at 5 p.m. Saturday night.

Photo credit: National Weather Service.
Photo credit: National Weather Service.
By Liz Taurasi

The winter storm heading into the area Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning is now expected to bring up to a foot of snow and blizzard conditions to areas across Massachusetts. A winter storm warning is in effect for Massachusetts through 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service says blizzard conditions will develop across the coastline. A blizzard warning is in effect for the North Shore, South Shore, Cape Cod and Islands. 

In a press conference this afternoon Governor Deval Patrick asked residents in areas east of Worcester to stay off all roads during the height of storm between the hours of 5 p.m. Saturday night and 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Officials say travel after 5 p.m. will be dangerous due to the heavy snowfall rates, strong winds and near whiteout conditions. 

The snow is expected to be heavy and accumulations will be between 8 and 12 inches in most parts of the state.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall after 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. according to the current forecast, with the worst of the system hitting the area between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. Snow is expected to end early Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service says snow will be falling at a rate of 1-2 inches and hour and could include 3 inches an hour during the height of the storm.

Laurie Hunt February 18, 2014 at 06:45 AM
How about an update for today's snow... it's Tuesday!
jzskates February 18, 2014 at 06:46 AM
Bring back Louisa - at least she TRIED - to make it local, current and interesting!!
Charlie Kernick February 18, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Patch has become totally irrelevant since Louisa left..and was headed that way prior. Good bye...as of today.
John Truex February 18, 2014 at 08:35 AM
OMG Another One!
John Truex February 18, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Coming close to marking Patch as SPAM!


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