CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Our confidence is now high that a significant winter storm will affect western Massachusetts on Tuesday. The snow will move in Tuesday morning and come down heavy at times during the day. The storm will likely impact both the morning and evening commutes.
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties from 5 a.m. Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday and from 12 a.m. Tuesday until 8 p.m. Wednesday for Berkshire County.
* HAZARD TYPES…Heavy snow.
* ACCUMULATIONS…Snow accumulation of 10 to 18 inches with the low risk for isolated amounts up to two feet.
* TIMING…Snow overspreads most of the region between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. The snow will quickly become heavy with 1 to 4 inch per hour snowfall rates possible at times through Tuesday afternoon. The heavy snow will taper off to snow showers Tuesday night.
* IMPACTS…The heavy snow will make many roads impassable and strong wind gusts may result in poor visibility along with considerable blowing and drifting snow.
* WINDS…North 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
* VISIBILITIES…One quarter mile or less at times.
A Winter Storm Warning is issued when an average snowfall of 6 inches or more is expected within a 12 hour period, or for 8 inches or more in a 24 hour period. Travel will be slow at best
on well treated surfaces, and quite difficult on untreated surfaces. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
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