MEMA Alert: Severe Icing Threat & Wintery Mix Monday AM through Tuesday AM

Updated 1 pm

 

MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

Update at 1 pm

 

SPOT REPORT 2A

Date: December 30, 2019

Time:  8:30 am

 

Re: Severe Icing Threat and Wintry Mix Through Monday Night

Update as of 1 pm:

  1. East to southeast winds have been gusty across parts of the Tatonics, southern Green Mountains and Berkshires.
  2. Wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph will be possible through the mid-afternoon hours, especially for areas that channel winds through the higher terrain.
  3. Winds may cause downed trees and limbs, especially for those areas that saw freezing rain.
  4. Power outages can be expected for this area and downed trees may block roadways as well.

 

NWS Update:

Still expecting higher-elevation icing for the Berkshires into northern Worcester and northwest Middlesex Counties through tonight. Due to warmer surface temperatures, reductions in ice accumulations were made. Ice accumulation will max out with isolated areas of ¾ of an inch.

Lesser, though still impactful icing is still anticipated for most areas west of Interstate 495. 

Winter Weather Advisories which were previously in effect for eastern Massachusetts and central Rhode Island have been cancelled. Freezing rain is no longer expected to impact these areas.

 

Current Watches/Warnings/Advisories in effect:

All warnings and advisories over land are in effect from tonight through Tuesday AM 

Ice Storm Warning for the eastern slopes of the Berkshires, northern Worcester County and northwest Middlesex County. Here is where the most significant icing is expected due to a long duration of freezing rain. Severe impacts can be expected with extensive power outages and tree damage. This morning's commute will be treacherous in these areas, with continued impacts into this afternoon's commute as well. 

Winter Weather Advisory for northern CT, northern Providence County in RI and across western, central and northeast MA west of I-495. Mix of precipitation types for these areas. Expect lesser, but still impactful accretions of freezing rain and sleet. This morning's commute will be slick for these locations, with slickened roads still possible into this afternoon's commute.

Power Outages:

Total power outages across the state as of 8:32 AM: (2,531)

 

State Operations:

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is currently operating at Level 2 (Partial Activation) to assess impacts of the storm, and support local communities. The following Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) have been activated in the SEOC:

ESF 1: Transportation (lead agency MassDOT)

ESF 3: Public Works and Engineering (lead agency DCR)

ESF 12: Energy (lead agency DPU)

ESF 13: Public Safety and Security (lead agency MSP)

 

In addition, MEMA’s Region 3/ 4 office in Agawam, MA has activated the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) as of 5 AM on Monday.

 

MEMA will continue to monitor the situation and will disseminate the next Situational Awareness Statement at 12:00PM

 

Local Communities Update:

Region 3/ 4

EOCs activated: Southwick, Worcester.

Towns reporting icing conditions: Heath, Hawley, Sandisfield, Washington, Chesterfield, Goshen, Middlefield, Plainfield, Becket

Power Issues:

Westhampton—reports roughly 240 without power in northern part of town

Washington—reports some power outages

New Salem—power outages, National Grid reports 2 ½ - 3 hours to restore

 

Stay Informed:

For additional information and updated forecasts, see www.weather.gov/boston (National Weather Service Norton) and www.weather.gov/albany (National Weather Service Albany)

Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html