Storm Update (5:45 PM, 1/22/17)

Good afternoon!

Here is a breakdown of our storm.

Precipitation Types

This is a mainly rain event; however, inland, a few of inches of snow and especially sleet are likely, along with up to four tenths of an inch of freezing rain in some spots. Brief periods of mixed precipitation will be possible in other inland areas on Monday.

Precipitation Amounts

Snow and sleet:slide2

Freezing rain/ice:





Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain showers will be around from this evening until tomorrow evening. Then widespread precipitation moves in tomorrow evening. The heaviest rain is tomorrow night into Tuesday morning, and tapers off into scattered showers throughout the day. Precipitation is mainly all rain for most by tomorrow midday, with areas well inland staying on a mixed precipitation that could include snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain. Precipitation should finally let up by tomorrow evening.


The heaviest rain falls in eastern areas, and as such, a flood watch has been issued for eastern Massachusetts with urban areas, poor drainage, and  low lying areas at highest risk; some small streams could also flood.

Winds will also be strong – northeast 20-40 mph with gusts 40-70 possible, and wind advisories have been issued for the Berkshires, Litchfield Hills, and southern Green Mountains, and may be needed elsewhere; a high wind watch is also in effect for Cape Ann of northeast MA as well as coastal southeast MA (Cape Cod and the Islands have been upgraded to a warning, along with coastal RI and CT). Gustiest winds will be at the coast.

Snow, sleet, and freezing rain may cause travel difficulties. Freezing rain in particular will cause problems; ice accretion up to four tenths of an inch may lead to minor damage to trees and some power outages, in addition to very hazardous travel.


Stay safe!




Published by Nathan Coram

Hello! I'm Nathan Coram, a 20 year old meteorology student and weather geek, and am in my junior year at UMass Lowell as a meteorology major. I am the current Vice President of the UML American Meteorological Society Local Student Chapter. Prior to at UML, I attended the Dracut school system for my K-12 years, having graduated from Dracut High in 2018. I first got into weather with the December 2008 ice storm, which knocked out my electricity for 4 days. I had no idea how it could be raining and becoming ice immediately, and how rain can knock out power. (Now I do - warm layer aloft, cold air at surface). But I didn't really get into it until the heat of July 2010 and specifically a few severe weather events during that month, followed by the year 2011, which featured several high profile weather events. Since then I have had a growing interest, and am hoping to make it into the meteorology field, preferably with NOAA/NWS. But for now, I'm blogging here on Dracut Weather (also on Twitter and Facebook), helping with the UML Weather Center social media, and tweeting about the weather on my own account as well. Thanks for visiting!

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