MEMA preparing for blizzard-like conditions in eastern Massachusetts

7-14" inches of snow expected in some areas

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A major winter storm is expected to bring several inches of snow to the eastern part of the state, and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is preparing for this significant winter weather.

MEMA’s command center just opened their doors at 6:00 A.M., with more than two dozen people coming into the agency, including staff from the Department of Public Utilities and the Red Cross, to provide support for cities and towns, as well as local first responders.

According to MEMA’s director, cities and towns have been able to handle issues locally so far.

But they’re ready to provide support if needed.

“We’ve been keeping an eye on this storm for a couple days now, getting updates from the National Weather Service about what the potential impacts are so everything from the snowfall amounts, to the potential for coastal flooding, wind gusts, the potential for power outages, and then sharing that information with our partners,” Chris Besse, public information officer of MEMA told 22News.

Aside from headquarters in Framingham, MEMA has three regional offices including one located in Agawam.

Thursday’s storm is expected to bring blizzard conditions on the Cape and Islands, and several inches of snow, with 7-14″ expected in the eastern part of the state.

Gov. Charlie Baker warning residents to brace for snowstorm

There are crews ready along the roadways with salt trucks and snow plows to clear snow and ice from the roads. With travel conditions expected to be difficult due to poor visibility and snow on the roadways, Governor Charlie Baker is urging the public not to travel during the storm.

MEMA will be working throughout the day with cities and towns to coordinate resources from state agencies.