Thursday, March 8, 2018
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT
The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that north eastern MA is currently experiencing light snowfall however the snow is expected to pull out of this area in the next hour. Temperatures for this afternoon will remain above freezing statewide.
Tonight’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with light winds. Temperatures will drop into the 20s overnight statewide.
A system will bring localized snow squalls over much of the state during the afternoon hours. Some areas could see ½ inch to 1 inch of snow during this timeframe. Temperatures will remain above freezing (30s to low 40s) during the day
Friday evening will be partly cloudy. Winds are expected to pick up during the evening hours, and temperatures are expected drop into the 20s statewide.
Significant heavy/wet snowfall and strong gusty winds overnight Wednesday and into today caused limb and tree damage, which are the primary drivers of the current outages. The most heavily impacted areas with significant outages are Central MA, the Merrimack Valley, and the North Shore of MA. Restoration is expected to be a multi-day event.
Eversource and National Grid have representatives present along with DPU at the SEOC.
There are a total of 320,421 customer outages statewide as of 4:02 PM.
· National Grid: 255,035 · Eversource East: 65,386 Estimated Restoration Times:
Utilities are working to identify estimated times of restoration (ETRs) for their service areas. ETRs are subject to change. Residents and communities can utilize the outage maps on utility websites to get the most up-to-date information on outages and ETRs:
· National Grid: https://www.nationalgridus.com/MA-Home/Storms-Outages/Outage-Map
· Eversource: https://www.eversource.com/nstar/outage/outagemap.aspx