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Blizzard Watch Issued for Framingham

Possibility of 20 inches could bury Framingham Friday into Saturday.

The Blizzard of '78 was 35 years ago. The Blizzard of '13 may be two days away.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Framingham and the MetroWest region from Friday night through Saturday morning.

According to the watch, "The worst of the storm will be Friday night into Saturday morning," with snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour possible. "Travel may become nearly impossible with blowing and drifting snow."

Snow is expected to begin falling about 9 to 10 a.m. Friday.

Several news outlets can agree that a minimum accumulation of 18 inches is headed this way, but the maximum accumulation numbers vary.

Here's the deal:

- WCVB is predicting 25.3 inches of snow in Boston by 11 a.m. Saturday.

- WHDH is calling for 15-20 inches of snow throughout the area that includes Wayland. Thunder and lightning is also possible, which could increase the maximum total to 30 inches, Pete Bouchard said during his 4 p.m. forecast.

- The NWS is predicting 18-24 inches for the entire area.

WHDH meteorologist Jeremy Reiner says up to 20 inches is possible.

In his blog, Reiner says:

Here's what we know about this Friday-Saturday storm:

  • A drawn out storm — beginning as light snow by 8 a.m. Friday then becoming steadier & heavier by Friday afternoon and into Friday night. Snow won't taper off until 9-11am Saturday!
  • A plowable snow is likely Friday-Saturday.
  • Poor travel is expected (ground and air) is expected across southern New England Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning.
  • Minor-moderate coastal flooding is likely Friday PM / Saturday AM.

The National Weather Service predicts snow may fall at 2 to 3 inches per hour.

A winter storm watch is issued when there is the potential of 6 or more inches of snow in a 12-hour period, or 8 or more inches in a 24-hour period.

Residents with travel plans in the next 24 to 26 hours should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to modify them if this storm develops.

Susan Petroni (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 06:28 AM
FYI: Due to the snowstorm coming Friday, the FCubed concert at Framingham High on Friday, Feb. 8 has been postponed to Tuesday, Feb. 12. Tickets will be honored, that have already been bought. Please e-mail Framingham Patch any other cancellations or re-scheduled events.
Cheryl Tully Stoll February 07, 2013 at 01:23 PM
I'm betting the Post Office does a 'dry' run of no Saturday mail this week...
Susan Petroni (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 03:27 PM
The Walsh Middle School musical scheduled for Friday night has been rescheduled to Sunday. Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott has called for Friday night event at the schools to be rescheduled.
Bryan Corrigan February 07, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Life is about timing, the weather reports said local snow volumes very low until after 4 PM. The real volume starts in the 6-7 PM range. So send them to school and get the June day for having fun. Because we all know no learning happens in the last three weeks of school as the report cards are due then and the list of event based school happens.
Susan Petroni (Editor) February 07, 2013 at 03:37 PM
UPDATE: Due to the impending weather conditions, all three performances of Walsh Theatre Arts' ONCE UPON A MATTRESS have been rescheduled. Your pre-purchased tickets will be valid for one of the newly scheduled performances. For example, if you hold a ticket for Friday night, you will automatically have the same seat given to you for Sunday night. Please see the schedule below: Friday, February 8th's 7pm performance will be rescheduled to Sunday, February 10th @ 6pm Saturday, February 9th's 2pm performance will be rescheduled to Monday, February 11th @ 6:30pm Saturday, February 9th's 7pm performance will be rescheduled to Tuesday, February 12th @ 6:30pm
Linda Lombardo February 07, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Safety is always a concern for both postal employees as well as their customers. Should we get a blizzard in MA as predicted, I would forsee that some roads will still not be passable on Saturday. Linda

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