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    Winter storm to pummel Massachusetts, damaging winds could spark power outages


    January 17, 2022 - Rick Sobey, Boston Herald

     

      Jan. 17—A powerful winter storm is set to blast the Bay State on Monday, dumping several inches of snow on parts of the state and knocking out power for other regions where wind gusts will be whipping up to 70 mph.

      The strong storm will bring up to a foot of heavy snow over the interior high terrain, while Boston and eastern Massachusetts will only see a few inches of snow before it turns to rain and downpours wash it away Monday morning. There will also be a chance for the rare January thunder with this storm.

      Strong to damaging winds along the coast, as well as coastal flooding, will also impact the region.

      "The gusty winds will be the main concern for southern New England," said Bryce Williams, meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Boston office.

      "Between the wind gusts and the heavy rain, power outages are a possibility for sure," he said.

      The strongest winds are expected to hit Cape Cod and Cape Ann. The damaging winds could blow down tree limbs and power lines.

      Local energy companies have been preparing for the powerful storm.

      "We've been closely monitoring this storm and have secured additional overhead and forestry crews as part of our emergency response plan," Michael McCallan, vice president of National Grid's New England Electric Operations, said in a statement. "In the event of a power outage, our crews and support teams will be working for as long as needed to restore service as quickly as conditions allow."

      Eversource is also positioning line and tree crews to respond to any damage or outages caused by the weather.

      "In preparation for hazardous conditions, we are strategically positioning hundreds of crews across the commonwealth to respond to any reported outages as quickly as safely possible," an Eversource spokesperson said in a statement.

      The snow jackpot will likely be in the northern Worcester Hills and Berkshires.

      Across eastern Massachusetts, rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is expected to lead to some street flooding.

      "I'd encourage people to take it slow if you have to be on the road," said Williams of the National Weather Service. "The heavy downpours could cause some street flooding, so take it slow and give yourself some extra time if you have to be out in the morning."

      The rain should leave the region in the afternoon.

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