The National Weather Service often posts warnings and watches about upcoming weather events to alert the public about the potential danger of the event.  WUPE will always inform listeners about the issued postings by the NWS but many of us do not know exactly what these watches and warnings mean.  Below is an explanation from the mass.gov website.

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Winter Storm Watches 

It is likely that winter storm warning, blizzard warning, or ice storm warning criteria will be met due to the conditions of an upcoming storm.

Winter Storm Warning 

6” of snow or more in a 12-hour period (or 8” of snow or more in a 24-hour period) expected within next 12 to 36 hours.

  • Blizzard Warning — Sustained wind gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph AND considerable falling and/or blowing snow, resulting in reduced visibility of less than 1/4 mile for at least three hours.
  • Ice Storm Warning — ½ inch or more of freezing rain.

Here is latest forecast from the National Weather Service...

Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Thursday
A chance of snow, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 25. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Thursday Night
Snow. Low around 19. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Friday
Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 29. East wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Friday Night
A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Saturday
A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 28.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.
Monday
Snow likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday Night
A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 37.

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