Blizzard Conditions Confirmed in Massachusetts - NECN

Blizzard Conditions Confirmed in Massachusetts

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a blizzard warning for southeast Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the islands



    Blizzard Conditions Confirmed in Massachusetts

    The latest on the snowstorm that's hitting the Northeast:

    6 p.m.

    Blizzard conditions have been confirmed in six spots today, according to necn meteorologist Michael Page. They were confirmed in Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Chatham, Hyannis, Falmouth and Plymouth.


    5:10 p.m.

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh just held a brief press conference to provide an update on the city's response to the winter storm.

    He said he is confident that Boston public schools will be open on Tuesday. He said city libraries should be open as well.

    Walsh urged people to stay off the roads to assist the city with its cleanup efforts.


    2:30 p.m.

    Authorities say a charter bus that crashed on Interstate 95 during a snowstorm was on its way to a Connecticut casino with passengers from New York City.

    Mohegan Sun spokesman Cody Chapman said Monday afternoon that other buses headed for the casino were rerouted back to New York City until weather conditions improve.

    Chapman says the bus that crashed in Madison is owned by Dahlia Inc. and operated by VMC East Coast.

    State Police Trooper Kelly Grant says they believe there were more than 60 people on the bus at the time of the accident. She says none of the injuries is reported to be life-threatening.

    A Yale-New Haven Hospital spokesman says hospital officials were told to expect 30 patients, six of whom were listed in critical condition.


    2:15 p.m.

    Peter Judge of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says road conditions are still rough in many areas, and urges people to stay off the roads as long as they can.

    "Don't be in a rush to leave work early," he told necn.

    Marshfield Police Lt. Paul Taber offered similar advice, saying "it is still slippery out there."


    1:15 p.m.

    A charter bus accident has closed the northbound side of Interstate 95 in Connecticut.

    Television video from near the scene showed the bus on its side off the right shoulder of the highway. Numerous emergency vehicles are at the scene, and people are being loaded onto stretchers and into ambulances.

    The state Department of Transportation says the accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. Monday in Madison.

    The accident occurred during a snowstorm that was expected to drop up to a foot of snow on parts of the state, but it was not immediately clear if the crash was caused by the weather.

    There were around 50 people on the bus, and at least 30 are expected to be transported to area hospitals.


    12:55 p.m.

    The coastal storm that's pounding Massachusetts isn't expected to amount to much in Maine and New Hampshire, states that rely on heavy snow to drive their economies.

    The National Weather Service says the New Hampshire coast could see 6 to 8 inches of snow, while the southern Maine coast could get 4 to 6 inches.

    Strong gusts could limit visibility with blowing snow, and some coastal flooding is expected.

    But the snowfall starting Monday won't do much to lift snowfall totals in a region where skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing are big business.

    Concord, New Hampshire, has had just 17 inches so far this season. The normal average is 39 inches for this time of the year. Portland, Maine, has 29.3 inches of snow, compared to the normal 37.5 inches.


    12:20 p.m.

    "The worst is yet to come," Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said at a noontime press conference called to discuss today's winter storm.

    Baker said the snow is falling a bit later than anticipated, but the storm is still expected to have the same impact. He said southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape and the Islands will likely be the hardest hit, with a foot or more of snow possible.

    He said Plymouth County appears to be "the big winner."

    The governor said road conditions and visibility are deteriorating, and urged people to stay off the roads if at all possible. He said scattered power outages are likely, especially in southeastern Massachusetts.

    Baker said there were no major incidents on the MBTA or the commuter rail, and overall he's satisfied with its performance so far this winter.


    11:35 a.m.

    Massachusetts State Police Trooper Dustin Fitch tells necn that there have been several spinoffs reported, but so far no serious accidents. He said it seems most people are heeding warnings to stay off the roads.

    "I don't want to say it's been quiet, but actually, it's been quiet," Fitch said.

    He said conditions are getting worse, so people should stay off the roads if possible.


    11:10 a.m.

    Peter Judge, spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, tells necn that he does not anticipate any evacuations will be necessary as a result of flooding related to today's storm.

    He said the flooding that has been seen so far is "traditional storm flooding," and nothing to be concerned about.

    Judge said the South Shore, the Islands and the outer Cape are the trouble spots as far as flooding is concerned. He urged people to stay off the roads, and stay away from flooded areas.


    11:05 a.m.

    Spinouts and accidents are being reported throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut as road conditions continue to deteriorate.

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has urged people to stay off the roads if possible, and already some traffic problems are starting to be seen.



    10:55 a.m.

    Massport's Ed Freni tells necn that about 30 percent of flights at Boston Logan are cancelled as a result of the storm.

    He did say, however, that he doesn't anticipate that travel will have to be shut down altogether.



    10:25 a.m.

    Coastal communities in Massachusetts are bracing for possible coastal flooding as a potent winter storm moves into the region.

    The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is urging coastal communities south of Boston, including Cape Cod and Nantucket, to take "appropriate action" after the National Weather Service advised that strong winds will likely result in widespread, moderate coastal flooding at high tide late Monday morning.

    Earlier forecasts called for only pockets of moderate flooding. Coastal communities north of the city are expected to experience minor flooding.

    Waves splashing over seawalls were being reported in communities south of Boston even before high tide.

    The state has banned parking on several major coastal roadways.

    Gov. Charlie Baker is monitoring the storm from the Statehouse and is scheduled to hold a briefing at noon.

    Massachusetts State Police say they will have more than 350 troopers on dayside and another 225 in the evening shift.

    Officials at Boston Logan say the region's largest airport will likely have weather-related delays and cancelations, and are advising passengers to check with their airline for their flight's status.

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which was crippled by a series of historic storms during Boston's record-breaking winter last year, was operating on a normal weekday schedule with winter routes in effect for buses.



    9:55 a.m.

    Schools across Connecticut closed in preparation for a winter storm that was predicted to bring as much as a foot of snow to parts of the state.

    Bradley International Airport reported the cancellations of a handful of flights and numerous delays.

    The University of Connecticut closed its main campus in Storrs and satellite campuses at Avery Point and West Hartford.

    Minor flooding also was reported along the shoreline in advance of a late-morning high tide.

    The storm arrived in southern Connecticut toward at the end of the morning commute and the State Department of Transportation reported some slippery conditions, but no major weather-related accidents.


    9:35 a.m.

    A storm moving up the East Coast is causing tidal flooding in some New Jersey shore towns.

    High tide arrived Monday morning and police have had to close some streets in Atlantic City, Absecon, Neptune Township and Union Beach.

    Forecasters have issued a coastal flood warning for the entire New Jersey shore. Widespread moderate coasting flooding is possible during high tide. There's also a chance for beach erosion as wave heights build to 8 to 12 feet.

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Monday night through Tuesday evening for Burlington, Cumberland, Atlantic, Cape May counties. Forecasters say there is the potential for 4 to 8 inches of snow.

    A winter weather advisory is in effect for other parts of the state.



    9:20 a.m.

    New Hampshire is getting another round of snow just in the time for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

    The snow is expected to start Monday morning and last into early Tuesday, primary day. Many polls open at 7 a.m. The snow is heading from south to north; a number of schools have closed for the day or are dismissing students early.

    Most areas will see several inches, with up to 8 inches possible in coastal areas.

    The forecast calls for wind at 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph, and temperatures in the lower 20s.



    5 a.m.

    Forecasters say southeast Massachusetts could get the brunt of a snowstorm that's heading for the East Coast.

    The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the coast, including Cape Cod and the islands, saying it could get 6 to 12 inches of snow through Monday evening. Gusty winds of up to 60 mph are expected with some whiteout conditions.

    The rest of Massachusetts, plus Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut, could see winter storm conditions with an accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. The heaviest snowfall is expected during Monday's morning commute through the afternoon.

    The weather service says New York City, Philadelphia and northern New Jersey could get from 2 to 3 inches of snow between Monday and Tuesday night. The snow could even stretch into Wednesday.


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