IN addition to making travel hard, the snow storm is expected to be accompanied by a wind chill in far northern ME and the western mountains that could increase the risk of frostbite, according to the weather service. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches by Saturday afternoon.
For the Winter Storm Watch, heavy lake effect snow with accumulations of 7 to 14 inches is possible from late Saturday night through Monday morning. Peak snowfall rates up to an inch per hour likely early Saturday morning.
On Friday afternoon, regional departments of transportation were reporting highways partly or completely covered in snow. Along with the potential for snow comes strong southwest winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts to 55 miles per hour possible.
The Weather Channel predicts a 70 percent of snow Thursday evening with about 1 inch expected for Big Bear City. There is a moderate chance of some freezing rain during that changeover. Into the evening, any icy mix changes over to all rain.
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On Saturday the city declared a snow emergency for Saturday night into Sunday which means no parking on city streets.
Temperatures tomorrow will be slightly warmer, with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s across the Front Range. Boston and Worcester set record January highs of 74 and 66 degrees, respectively.
A chance of rain and snow before noon, then a chance of rain. The bulk of the snow will fall Saturday afternoon in those areas.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 21-27. Widespread wintry precipitation will continue through Friday morning, which will likely lead to slick conditions. Snow levels now look like they will be much higher than what we've experience this week, but heavy snowfall will be possible in higher elevations.