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Blizzard Watch in Effect for "Historic Winter Storm"

Plan Ahead: Medfield could see 12-24 inches falling at 2-3 inches per hour, white-out conditions, gusts up to 55mph.

 

The National Weather Service has issued an official "blizzard watch" for a "potential historic winter storm and blizzard" that could drop as much as two feet of snow on the region.  

The NWS predicts Norfolk County could get 12 to 24 inches of snow during this storm.

The NWS also warns residents that:

  • Snow will intensify on Friday afternoon
  • Snowfall rates could reach 2 to 3 inches per hour
  • Winds could reach 25 to 35mph with gusts reaching 55mph
  • Visibility could be one-quarter mile at times
  • Travel may become nearly impossible with blowing and drifting snow
  • Temperatures in the 20s

The storm alert warns drivers that "White-out conditions will be possible making travel very dangerous. Be prepared to alter any travel plans."

Timing -- Light snow develops by Friday morning. Snow will increase in intensity during Friday afternoon. The heaviest snow will occur Friday night into Saturday morning.

Impacts -- Heavy snow and strong winds will bring the potential for blizzard conditions. The worst of the storm will be Friday night into Saturday morning. 

FORECAST for Medfield, according to the NWS:

  • Friday -- Snow, mainly after 11am. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 33. East wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
  • Friday Night -- Snow with areas of blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 18. Windy, with a north wind 14 to 19 mph increasing to 24 to 29 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
  • Saturday -- Snow with areas of blowing snow before 1pm, then snow likely between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of snow after 4pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 23. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
  • Saturday Night -- A chance of snow before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

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