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Midday Update On The Ongoing Storm

Snow is expected to continue for several more hours across the entire area. Overall, the intensity of the snow will fluctuate between light and moderate throughout this afternoon.

The snow is expected to come to an end first across Western Mass by about 4-5 pm this afternoon and then end across Central Mass by about 6 pm or so today.

Additional snow amounts will range from 1 to 3 more inches across Western Mass to 2 to 4 more inches of snow across Central Mass.

As of the time of this writing, almost 9 inches of snow has accumulated thus far here in Sturbridge.

Beyond this, it continues to look very likely that heavy rain is likely during Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. This heavy rain is going to be falling on top of a rapidly melting snow pack (due to temperatures rising to near 50 Degrees) and because of this, significant flooding is looking likely. This will include flooding of poor drainage areas, basements which are susceptible to flooding and river and stream flooding. In addition, quite a bit in the way of ponding of water on roads and highways is very likely during Tuesday night and Wednesday. Total rainfall amounts still look to average around 2 inches or so.

In addition to the heavy rain, we are going to also have to keep an eye on the potential for strong winds. The winds late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning will be blowing very hard at just above our heads at around 1,000 feet above the ground. The big unknown right now is how much of these winds will be pulled down to the surface. At this time, I’m thinking that Southeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40-45 mph seems most probable. That said, if there is any convection around, it could pull down some of those strong winds leading to wind gusts to reach 50-60 mph. Something to certainly watch.

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