Blizzard Watch Issued for Essex County

Most people already know about the coming storm, but we’re not used to receiving warnings this far in advance. We’re not even used to real winters, anymore. Some good may come of it. We may get to post another blizzard gallery with lots of reader-submissions, like this one or this one. Get your cameras ready for uniquely Lynn storm shots.

Here’s the press release from Mayor Kennedy’s office (received update shortly after changing the word warning to watch):

 

There is a Blizzard Watch for Essex County. The current prediction from the National Weather Service includes snow amounts from 18-24 inches with light snow starting by daybreak on Friday, February 8, 2013 and ending Saturday, February 9, 2013 in the afternoon. The storm is expected to increase in intensity between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon with the possibility of 2-4 inches of snow falling per hour.

School closings, trash collection and parking ban information will be determined at an appropriate time as the storm moves closer.

Mayor Kennedy urges residents to be prepared in the event of large amounts of snowfall, widespread power outages and coastal flooding. High winds are expected to cause snowdrifts in excess of 2-3 feet on top of accumulated snow. Wind gusts are expected to be between 60 and 80 miles per hour. Due to the predicted wind speeds, if power is lost the utility restoration may be prolonged. Coastal flooding for the City of Lynn is an immediate threat during the 9:45 p.m. tide on Friday night and the 10:02 a.m. high tide on Saturday.

Find preparedness tips for the upcoming storm on the following link:

http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/winter-weather.html

 

Lynn City Hall will have an updated press release with more information in the afternoon on Thursday, February 7, 2013.