[11:30 AM Friday] Here is our latest expected snowfall forecast. Widespread accumulations of 18-24" are expected across E. MA & RI, with 24"+ most likely across Plymouth County. Please do not wait to make storm preparations, travel will be hazardous to near impossible Saturday. pic.twitter.com/4KRIOUBwpQ
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) January 28, 2022
The region is in line for heavy snow (up to 18 inches), heavy wind (high as 44 mph) and bitter cold (minus 10 wind chill) in what is shaping up to be a historic winter weekend.
Worcester declared a snow emergency late Friday ahead of Saturday's storm, putting a travel ban in effect in the city as of 11 p.m.
A declared winter parking ban goes into effect at midnight.
The Worcester Public Library and Worcester Common Oval skating rink will be closed Saturday, and the Residential Recycling Drop-Off Center will all be closed Saturday.
Towing and ticketing will be aggressively enforced to keep streets clear. No parking will be permitted on emergency routes and where prohibited during a declared ban.
For questions, call the DPW Customer Service Center at 508-929-1300.
The City of Worcester has declared a snow emergency. In addition, a travel ban is in effect as of 11 p.m. tonight and a declared winter parking ban goes into effect at midnight. More details: https://t.co/FDRKVyROMj pic.twitter.com/c52AAoxyFI
— City of Worcester (@TweetWorcester) January 28, 2022
During a late-afternoon press conference about the impending storm, Gov. Charlie Baker did not announce a state of emergency, but rather implored people to simply stay off the roads Saturday.
However, Baker said a tractor-trailer ban on state highways will go into effect starting at 6 a.m. Saturday until midnight Sunday.
Utility companies are preparing for outages.
A blizzard warning will be in effect at midnight for points east of Central Mass., although the National Weather Service has moved the line further west, closer to Interstate 495.
Central Mass. will be under a winter storm warning.
Weather: Worcester forecast
The latest estimate puts Worcester at 12 to 18 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. The updated forecast, posted about noon Friday, includes snowfall overnight Saturday. Areas to the north of Worcester could get up to 18 inches, an increase in earlier forecasts.
Heavy wind will be part of the mix. The Worcester area could see gusts as high as 44 mph during the day Saturday, the weather service said.
The temperature will drop to single digits Saturday night, with wind chill as low as minus 10 for Worcester, according to weather service estimates.
National Grid and Unitil have crews on standby for an utility outages over the weekend.
Telegram & Gazette reporter Craig S. Semon contributed to this report.
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Our Highway Division is out prepping for the upcoming winter storm. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Worcester County from midnight tonight to midnight on Saturday Night. Stay safe during the upcoming #MAsnow (1/2) pic.twitter.com/gvX0fWWwGj
— Shrewsbury Gov (@ShrewsburyMAGov) January 28, 2022
Start working on your winter storm checklist so you'll be prepared for the snow that is coming this weekend. 🌨️ pic.twitter.com/GBG6DTd4GH
— City of Worcester (@TweetWorcester) January 27, 2022
This article originally appeared on Telegram & Gazette: Snow, wind, cold: Latest storm numbers for Central Massachusetts; blizzard warning to east of Worcester