The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency along with the National Weather Service are reminding area residents about the high risk of fast moving snow squalls this afternoon across Southern New England.
High Impact Snow Squalls are likely between 3 and 7 PM on Wednesday evening across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Expect them in western MA/northern CT between 3 and 5 pm and eastern MA/RI between 5 and 7 pm tonight.
Brief very heavy snow, near white-out conditions and strong to perhaps damaging wind gusts anticipated, which may lead to hazardous travel for parts of the evening rush hour. The National Weather Service says these snow squalls should last less than 30 minutes, but may drop a quick coating of an inch or two in a short period of time. Brief wind gusts as high as 40 to 60 mph are also possible. Localized tree damage or isolated power outages possible.
In addition to the possibility of quick bursts of snow, strong winds and extreme cold temperatures will move into the area tonight. Any snow or rain that is left on roads, sidewalks or driveways will freeze tonight making conditions icy.
Temperatures will fall to the single digits tonight, and wind chills will be well below zero for the next few days. Get the latest forecast on the radio twice every hour, and online at Lake940.com anytime.