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Weekend Blizzard May Make Travel 'Nearly Impossible'

A storm moving into the Hamilton and Wenham area first thing on Friday maybe more than just a snowstorm, forecasters now say it has the potential to be a blizzard that combines heavy snow and strong winds.

Friday’s storm is shaping up to be on par with some of the most legendary winter storms in New England history, according to meteorologists.

Wednesday afternoon forecasters, including the National Weather Service, said the storm would deliver more than just a lot of snow - it has the potential to be a blizzard. That had caused the weather service to issue a blizzard watch for Hamilton and Wenham as well as much of eastern Massachusetts. The watch means that “there is a potential for considerable falling and/or blowing snow with sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 miles per hour and visibilities below a quarter mile for at least 3 hours.”

The watch is in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

Forecasters warn that white out conditions are possible in the storm and that travel will be “very dangerous” by the evening commute on Friday, when the heaviest snow is expected to fall. It will start on Friday morning as light snow, the weather service said.

Friday night into Saturday morning “travel may become nearly impossible with blowing and drifting snow,” the weather service warned. At its peak, snow could fall at the rate of 2-3 inches per hour.

Total snow accumulation is forecasted to be between 12-24 inches in HAmilton and Wenham, plus winds will blow from the northeast at 25-25 miles per hour with gusts to 55 mph. Minor coastal flooding is also possible.

Carol A Mazzetta February 11, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Well, the storm has come & gone and we all survived! I want to commend the people who did the plowing, they did a great job up my way (Baker & Gifford). The only problem is the end of the street, we have to pull way out onto Asbury St in order to see if anyone is coming! I'm sure that'll be taken care of in short order.

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