A blizzard watch is in effect for our area effective Monday evening until late Tuesday night, with an urgent warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the potential for a historic winter storm to bury the region with snow and blow through with winds that could gust up to 60 miles per hour.
Winter Storm Juno is expected to make its largest impact on coastal communities with a possible 18-24+ inches of heavy snow, strong sustained winds between 20-30 mph with stronger gusts, and zero visibility at times resulting in possible blizzard conditions.
The worst of the storm will be between Monday night through Tuesday afternoon, with whiteout conditions making travel nearly impossible and maybe life-threatening.
The strong wind and heavy, wet snow brings the threat of downed tree limbs causing fallen power lines and power outages. Temperatures will be in the low 20s.
In preparation for the storm, residents are urged to charge their electronic devices such as cell phones, as well as flashlights and radios in case of a loss of electricity.
The Wanderer will keep you updated on storm forecast changes and alerts, as well as local coverage, alerts, and school and recreational cancelations in Rochester, Marion, and Mattapoisett. Like us on Facebook to stay posted on the unfolding winter events.
By Jean Perry