Snow intensifying in western Massachusetts, will continue into evening

Winds expected to pick up Thursday afternoon, isolated power outages possible

(WWLP) – The first storm of 2018 will bring accumulating snow to all of western Massachusetts beginning Thursday morning and lasting until the evening hours.

Parking bans in effect in western Massachusetts ahead of Thursday’s storm

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect all day Thursday for all of western Massachusetts.

A Wind Chill Watch is in effect from late Thursday night through Saturday afternoon for Hampden, Hampshire & Franklin Counties.

A Wind Chill Warning is in effect starting early Friday morning into Saturday afternoon for Berkshire County

The speed limit on the Mass Pike has been reduced to 40 MPH from the New York line to Boston.

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Timing:

  • 5-7 a.m.: Snow begins from south to north
  • Mid to Late morning: Snow becomes widespread
  • Late morning to afternoon: Steadiest snow of the day
  • Evening: Snow ends

Precipitation Types:

  • Snow everywhere
  • Fluffy snow

Snowfall amounts & uncertainty:

  • Most snow expected in far eastern parts of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties, 7-10″
  • Central Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties could see 4 to 8 inches.
  • Berkshire County and western parts of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties can expect 3-6 inches of snow

Here’s our updated SNOWFALL FORECAST MAP

Impacts:

    • Travel may be difficult Thursday morning with reduced visibility and slippery roads
    • As winds pick up during the day, isolated power outages and downed tree limbs are possible
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