Storm Coordination Message #3

Hello to all..

..Strong Winds and Bitter Cold Chill Saturday sets the stage for a major Winter Storm late Sunday Night through Monday Night..
..A Wind Advisory remains in effect through 9 PM for Cape Cod and the Islands for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. These winds may cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 9 PM Sunday Evening through 1 AM Tuesday Morning for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage Area excluding South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Cape Cod and the Islands for 8-14 inches of snow. Both the Morning and Evening commutes are expected to be impacted..
..A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Sunday Evening through late Monday Night for South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island including Cape Cod and the Islands for 4-9″ of snow and a trace of ice as there is some question of mixed precipitation in this area. If the mixed precipitation doesn’t occur then the higher snowfall amounts as stated in the Winter Storm Warning area are likely..
..Minor to isolated pockets of moderate coastal flooding are possible Monday Afternoon and Evening and will be monitored..
..SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor strong wind conditions for Saturday Evening. SKYWARN self-activation is likely for the major winter storm on Monday with Ops at NWS Taunton possible..

Bitterly cold conditions have its grip over the region today with strong winds continuing over Cape Cod and the Islands. Wind Advisories are posted per the headlines of this coordination message. These winds may cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages.

A storm system affecting the midwest will be making its way towards Southern New England late Sunday Night around Midnight in the west and after midnight in the east and lasting for much of the day Monday. This storm system will likely dump a significant snowfall on much of Southern New England. Winter Storm Warnings are now posted for the entire NWS Taunton Coverage Area north and west of the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Cape Cod and the Islands from 9 PM Sunday Evening through 1 AM Tuesday Morning for 8-14 inches of snow. The morning commute will be significantly impacted and the evening commute will be impacted as well. Snowfall rates of 1-2″ per hour are expected with some blowing and drifting of snow especially in the coastal areas of the warning where wind gusts could reach 50 MPH.

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for South Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island including Cape Cod and the Islands for 4-9″ of snow and a trace of ice Computer models are wavering a bit in how close the storm system will come towards the region which may cause some precip type issues particularly for the Outer Cape, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard possibly into the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Given the uncertainty on getting to warning criteria snowfall, the Winter Storm Watch remains in effect. As we get closer to the storm event, additional computer model runs should better delineate the snow/mixed precip/rain line in this area. If the mixed precipitation doesn’t occur then the higher snowfall amounts as stated in the Winter Storm Warning area are likely.

Minor to isolated pockets of moderate coastal flooding are possible Monday Afternoon and Evening and will be monitored. This is especially true for locations significantly impacted by the blizzard where coastal barrier structures are weakened. Further details will become known based on storm track and rate of intensification near our region.

SKYWARN Self-Activation will monitor strong wind conditions for Saturday Evening. SKYWARN self-activation is likely for the major winter storm on Monday with Ops at NWS Taunton possible. The next coordination message will be posted by 10 AM Sunday Morning. Below is the NWS Taunton Wind Advisory Statement, Winter Storm Warning/Watch Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and NWS Taunton Winter Weather Graphics with snowfall totals for the upcoming system:

NWS Taunton Wind Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Graphics:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

Respectfully Submitted,

Blizzard coordination message

Hello to all..

..Major Winter Storm/Blizzard with the potential for a Historic Storm for all of Southern New England Monday Evening through late Tuesday Night, possibly extending into Wednesday Morning. Preparations for this major system should be completed by late Monday Afternoon/early evening at the latest and given latest model trends if it could be completed before the evening commute, that would be the best scenario with an earlier start of accumulating snow..
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Storm Coordination Message #3

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..Strong Coastal Storm On Track to Affect Portions of Southern New England with heavy wet snow and strong to possibly damaging winds and minor coastal flooding at the time of the Saturday Mid-Afternoon High Tide..
..A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from Midnight through 7 PM Saturday for Northern Connecticut, Northwest Providence County Rhode Island and Worcester, Middlesex, Western Norfolk, Western Essex and Eastern Hampden County Massachusetts for 4-8″ of snow with isolated higher amounts and the highest amounts in higher terrain locations and the possibility for a trace of ice. The snow will be a wet snow leading to the potential for isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from Midnight tonight to 7 PM Saturday for Western Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties for 4-6″ of snow. A slightly more northern track means that Western Franklin County Massachusetts will see snow amounts greater than 4″..
..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect from Midnight through 7 PM Saturday for Eastern Essex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts and Southeast Providence, Kent, Bristol and Washington Counties of Rhode Island..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect for Cape Cod and Nantucket Island from 3 PM-Midnight Saturday for sustained winds of 20-30 MPH with wind gusts of 50-55 MPH. Other coastal areas could be added to the Wind Advisory in future forecasts..
..A Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect for East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Nantucket Island from Noon to 400 PM Saturday which is the Saturday mid-afternoon high tide for minor coastal flooding with a low risk for moderate coastal flooding..
..The National Weather Service in Gray Maine Has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Eastern Hillsborough County NH from 5 AM-10 PM Saturday for 4-8″ of snow and a Winter Weather Advisory for Cheshire and West-Central Hillsborough County NH for 3-6″ of snow. A link to that statement from NWS Gray is provided in this coordination message..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence around 7 AM lasting through Saturday Evening for this coastal storm potential..

A strong coastal storm will impact the region late tonight through Saturday Evening. During the day, model runs have kept the same timing with the onset of precipitation and storm impacts to the region. In addition, model runs have kept with a slightly closer to the coast theme but there is still above average uncertainty on snow amounts and where the rain/snow/mix transition line of precipitation will be. The headlines of the coordination message depict areas that will potentially receive around or more than 6″ of snow and areas that could receive advisory level snowfall based on current model trends. Given snowfall will be heavy and wet, isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages will be possible. Key items for this winter storm include the following:

1.) Position of the rain/wet snow line as dictated by the track of the storm system as well as the potential for sleet and freezing rain near the transition line. Previous thinking indicated more of wet snow to rain precipitation transition versus having a zone of mixed precipitation between the wet snow and rain. Latest models indicate a sleet/freezing rain threat near the transition line remains possible.
2.) The amount of cooling that can take place as the storm intensifies. This will dictate the changeover in locations that have snow changing to rain or precipitation start as rain and changeover to snow. The headlines reflect current thinking.
3.) The storm will intensify rapidly. Where this rapid intensification occurs and its track will determine the extent of the strong to possibly damaging winds near the coast. The lack of a high pressure system to the north could limit the strength of the winds but strong winds for at least Cape Cod and Nantucket is likely prompting a Wind Advisory for this area and models may be underdoing the strength of the winds given the rapid storm intensification and there could be some expansion of the Wind Advisory to other coastal areas and maybe southeast interior New England in future forecasts.
4.) Minor coastal flooding at the time of the Saturday mid-afternoon high tide with a low risk for pockets of moderate coastal flooding in East Coastal Massachusetts and Cape Cod and Nantucket Island. A Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect for this area from Noon-4 PM Saturday.

Future model trends will likely adjust warnings and advisories for the region. Since NWS Taunton Operations will commence early Saturday Morning, this will be the last coordination message for this coastal storm. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence around 7 AM lasting through Saturday Evening for this coastal storm potential. Below is the NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement, Wind Advisory Statement, Coastal Flood Advisory Statement, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Weather Graphics as well as the NWS Gray Maine Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:

NWS Taunton Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Wind Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Coastal Flood Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.whus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Winter Weather Graphics:
http://www.weather.gov/box/winter

NWS Gray Maine Winter Storm Warning/Winter Weather Advisory Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/me/latest.wwus41.KGYX.html

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
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CALIF. MAN SPEEDS THROUGH CAR WASH AT 40MPH

A California driver may have set a record for fastest car wash.

A 94-year-old man is caught on camera speeding through the Quick Quack Car Wash in Sacramento at an estimated 40 miles per hour last Friday.

The man paid for his car wash, but claimed he could not take his foot off the pedal as he was driving through.

Workers rushed out to try and stop him, but the car crashed through the equipment, causing an estimated $100,000 worth of damage.

No one was injured and the man walked away without a scratch.

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