Saturday Storm to Bring Heavy Snow, Blizzard Conditions

Governor asks residents to stay off the roads starting at 5 p.m. Saturday night.

Photo credit: National Weather Service.
Photo credit: National Weather Service.
By Liz Taurasi

The winter storm heading into the area Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning is now expected to bring up to a foot of snow and blizzard conditions to areas across Massachusetts. A winter storm warning is in effect for Massachusetts through 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service says blizzard conditions will develop across the coastline. A blizzard warning is in effect for the North Shore, South Shore, Cape Cod and Islands. 

In a press conference this afternoon Governor Deval Patrick asked residents in areas east of Worcester to stay off all roads during the height of storm between the hours of 5 p.m. Saturday night and 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Officials say travel after 5 p.m. will be dangerous due to the heavy snowfall rates, strong winds and near whiteout conditions. 

The snow is expected to be heavy and accumulations will be between 8 and 12 inches in most parts of the state.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall after 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. according to the current forecast, with the worst of the system hitting the area between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. Snow is expected to end early Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service says snow will be falling at a rate of 1-2 inches and hour and could include 3 inches an hour during the height of the storm.

Madaline Danzilio-Guerra February 15, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Just to clarify - I watched the Gov and he asked all cars EAST OF MARLBOROUGH to stay off the roads
Madaline Danzilio-Guerra February 15, 2014 at 04:13 PM
"At the height of the storm, it won't be possible to keep up with the clearing of the roads," said Gov. Deval Patrick. He asked residents who live east of Marlborough, which is all of eastern Massachusetts inside Route 495, to stay off the roads between 5 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday morning Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/weather/storm-brings-heavy-snow-with-high-winds-on-massachusetts-coast/24499956#ixzz2tQZ4klC1
Tara February 15, 2014 at 08:36 PM
That is funny Gail
Jerry Chase February 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM
It is claimed that such happened around mid-Nov. 1978 . . . . . .
jack schimmelman February 16, 2014 at 09:59 AM
does anyone know how much snow actually fell here on the island? it does look beautiful, but this gets tiresome.
JohnnyMass February 16, 2014 at 11:15 PM
I don't believe anything that comes from the mouth of Deval Patrick.
janice baldwin February 17, 2014 at 06:13 AM
Why is Saturdays snowstorm still the main news on monday?
Jan Palmer-Tarbox February 17, 2014 at 07:23 AM
Old news on the Patch! Is anyone paying attention?
Mary Jane Mangan February 17, 2014 at 09:04 AM
I thought since this was posted on Monday that this was referring to the 22nd. I guess Patch is hopelessly out of touch.
A Clark February 17, 2014 at 09:18 AM
And what Saturday is that ?
jack schimmelman February 17, 2014 at 01:01 PM
to jan -- ptsd! that's why.
As1977 February 17, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Everything on the Patch is usually a cpl days behind the rest of the world!!! Hardly anything worth reading ever on here! Bring back the court reports!!!
Waverly Watchdog February 17, 2014 at 04:44 PM
While it's obvious that the recent cuts at Patch have all but killed most local coverage, the sites still serve a useful purpose. The Gatehouse sites... WickedLocal... instituted a mindless policy nearly a year ago which effectively bans all posting using 'Handles' ... Nom de Plumes... This means that people critical of the status quo or a current administration are exposed to harassment. - - - And, people who speak out DO get harasse4d. - - - As a result, the GateHouse sites and papers have become House Organs for those in power and their agendas. - - - This is ABSOLUTELY NOT what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they enshrined 'freedom of the press' - - - The real problem is there are few good ways to bring a subject forwward in the Patchiverse.
Bill Manley Sr. February 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM
Not THIS Saturday
Laurie Hunt February 18, 2014 at 06:45 AM
How about an update for today's snow... it's Tuesday!
jzskates February 18, 2014 at 06:46 AM
Bring back Louisa - at least she TRIED - to make it local, current and interesting!!
Charlie Kernick February 18, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Patch has become totally irrelevant since Louisa left..and was headed that way prior. Good bye...as of today.
John Truex February 18, 2014 at 08:35 AM
OMG Another One!
John Truex February 18, 2014 at 08:42 AM
Coming close to marking Patch as SPAM!


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