Snow Emergency Issued In Boston As New England Prepares For Overnight Storm


UPDATE (12/16/20)

Mayor Marty Walsh has declared a snow emergency for Boston on Wednesday with the first snow winter storm of the season expected to hit South New England.

"A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 7:00 p.m. tonight to 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, and a Coastal Flood Advisory from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. tomorrow," Mayor Walsh tweeted. "There are a number of safety issues we are preparing for. We need everyone to take personal precautions as well.

"A Snow Emergency will go into effect at 6:00 p.m. this evening in the @CityofBoston," Walsh continued. "That means parking will be banned on main roads, so our @BostonPWD team can clear the snow and ice. Parking is also banned in @BostonSchool lots."

The National Weather Service in Boston provided an update at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

"Road conditions will deteriorate quickly due to snowfall rates 1-2" per hour -- travel with extreme caution if you can't avoid being on the roads overnight," NWS Boston tweeted.

A winter storm warning has reportedly been issued in several southern New England states ahead of expected snow on Thursday.

The winter storm warning will go into effect Wednesday night and extend through most of eastern and central Massachusetts, as well as Rhode Island and Connecticut, with up to a foot of snow expected along the south coast of New England, NWS Boston announced on Twitter Tuesday (December 15) afternoon.

"A significant winter storm is expected to produce heavy snowfall across our region late Wed into Thu. Widespread 8-12" of snowfall are forecasted with lesser amounts towards the S Coast," NWS Boston tweeted. "Travel will be difficult with snow packed roads, especially during Thu AM commute."

NWS Boston expanded its winter storm watches to include all of southern New England for the upcoming expected storm in a tweet shared Tuesday morning.

CBS Boston meteorologist Terry Eliasen reports snowflakes are expected to begin falling at 7:00 p.m. in southwest Connecticut and 11:00 p.m. in northeast Massachusetts, with snowfall becoming steady after midnight in all areas of southern New England.

The heaviest snow fall is expected to take place between 2:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, with intensity lessening after 10:00 a.m. and about 80-90% accumulation being done, CBS Boston reports. There will, however, likely be some decreasing scattered light to moderate snow bands between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., with a few leftover flurries along the coast just after 4:00 p.m.

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