Winter Storm Watch in effect!

…Winter Storm Watch in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning…

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Winter Storm Watch…which is in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning.

* Locations…western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.

* Hazard types…heavy snow.

* Accumulations…snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches.

* Timing…a mixture of rain and snow Wednesday morning…should change to all snow by Wednesday afternoon and continue through Wednesday night.

* Impacts…this storm will significantly impact Holiday travel… making driving dangerous at times.

Precautionary/preparedness actions… Read more [+]

Storm Coordination Message #1

..Strong Storm System will bring a period of heavy rainfall and strong winds to portions of Southern New England..
..A Wind Advisory is now in effect from 5 AM to 2 PM Monday for Kent, Bristol, Washington, and Newport Counties of Rhode Island and Southeast Coastal Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands for sustained winds 15-25 MPH with gusts to 45-50 MPH. These winds may cause isolated pockets of tree and wire damage.. Read more [+]

Body found in Look Park; believed to be missing man from Easthampton

FLORENCE, Mass. (WWLP) – Following a days-long search that involved helicopters, boats, and ATVs, police have found a body of a man who they believe to be Reed Bennett of Easthampton.

Mary Carey of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office told 22News that the body of a white man was found this afternoon in a pond inside the entrance to Look Park.

“Although positive identification and cause of death have yet to be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, investigators believe the body to be that of Reed Bennett, 34, of Easthampton,” Carey said in a statement sent to 22News.

Northampton Police Detective Lt. Alan Borowski told 22News that city police, state police, and environmental police had been searching the area for Bennett, who disappeared late Monday night in the area of Look Park.

Reed Bennett. Image Courtesy: Northwestern District Attorney’s Office
Reed Bennett. Image Courtesy: Northwestern District Attorney’s Office
As of about noontime Friday, there was an increased police presence near guard shack at the park, and people were not being allowed inside while officers work. Police tape has been put up at the park entrances, and a forensic investigations truck has also been called in.

Carey said that they had been concerned about Bennett, because he was not dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. Though police are still looking into the circumstances surrounding Bennett’s disappearance, Carey said that they do not believe there is any cause for concern about public safety as a result of this incident.

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory

10:27 AM EST on November 16, 2014

…Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 3 am to 1 PM

EST Monday…

* locations…western and north central Massachusetts…and

 southwest New Hampshire.

* Hazard types…snow…sleet and freezing rain.

* Accumulations…snow accumulation of up to 1 inch…along with

 a light coating of ice.

* Timing…wintry mix begins before sunrise Monday…and changes

 to rain during the morning.

* Impacts…slippery roads due to a wintry mix.

* Temperatures…in the lower 30s.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Winter Weather Advisory is issued for minor accumulations of

snow and ice…resulting in slippery travel. Plan on extra time

for the Monday morning commute. Be especially careful on bridges

and overpasses.

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