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FIRST ALERT: Storm Brings a Foot of Snow for Some; Strong Winds Could Cause Outages

Parts of New England could see 8 to 12 inches of snow as a result of Monday's storm, while other areas will see mostly rain

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A powerful low pressure system will pass through the region Monday, bringing snow to the higher terrain of southern and northern New England, and rain and damaging winds to coastal areas. 

Rain, with a few rumbles of thunder, will be heavy at times Monday morning and may result in some ponding and flooding on the roadways, especially in areas of poor drainage.

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Monday: The AM snow is leaving soon, we’ll be left with rain for our 6 a.m. commute. Winds may gust up to 55 mph Monday morning. Winds will lose strength through late Monday afternoon but will continue to gust over 25 to 30 mph through Tuesday. Heaviest rain Monday morning will lose intensity by noon. Highs in the mid 40s. Monday Night: Possible freezing rain/wintry mix west and close to Leominster and Worcester. We may see some lingering flurries west advancing east but becoming rain closer to the shore. Gusting over 25 mph. Lows in the mid 20s. Tuesday: Bright! Sunny skies, cool. Highs in the upper 20s. Gusting over 30 mph. Cool wind chill.

Along with the rain, coastal New England will see a period of strong, damaging winds early Monday morning through early afternoon as east/southeast winds gust up to or over 60 mph at times, which may result in localized power outages.

How widespread will power outages be?

The strongest winds will be from 4 a.m. through about 11 a.m. from south coastal New England to the seacoast of New Hampshire. Thereafter, the strongest focus of winds will reach the Maine coastline by around 11 a.m. and continue into the early afternoon hours. 

The winds couldn’t come at a worse time as well, as they will coincide with the late morning high tide cycle, resulting in minor to moderate coastal flooding through the early afternoon. 

How much snow will Massachusetts get?

We’ll see all the action wind down during the afternoon from south to north as the system races north into Canada. When all is said and done, the higher elevations from the Berkshires, Green Mountains of Vermont, White Mountains of New Hampshire and into western Maine will end up with the snow jackpot of 8 to 12 inches or more of snow! It will be a welcome treat for the ski resorts! 

However, if traveling through these areas during the day, please take it slow due to poor visibility because of snow and blowing snow.

Our team has issued a First Alert Monday due to the many weather issues we will see across the region and will be keeping you updated throughout the day. 

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