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Blizzard Watch Issued for Tewksbury, More Than 2 Feet of Snow Possible

Storm is expected to strike Friday morning. Forecasts vary but snowfall totals could be historic.

Thirty-five years after the legendary Blizzard of '78 brought New England to its knees, another storm of possible historic proportions is preparing to descend on the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch for Middlesex County and much of Massachusetts from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. 

According to NWS, much the state will be impacted by heavy snow with accumulation of 12 to 24 inches with the potential for blizzard conditions.

The NWS previously forecast 14 to 18 inches in the Stoneham area. That total has been increased to 18 to 24 inches in the latest forecast. (See photo.)

However, meteorologists acknowledge the storm could be far worse. Harvey Leonard, chief meteorologist of WCVB Ch. 5, posted on computer projection which calls for snowfall accumulation of more than 38 inches in the Greater Lawrence area.

Light snow is expected to begin by Friday morning and increase in intensity throughout the day with the heaviest snowfall occurring Friday night into Saturday morning. Snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour are possible during that time.

Residents should be aware that travel will be dangerous and may become nearly impossible due to blowing and drifting snow, 25 to 25 mph winds with gusts up to 55 mph and poor visibility. NWS urges residents to be prepared to alter travel plans.

Stay with Tewksbury Patch for more winter weather updates at they become available.

Michael Iannacci February 07, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Boston has already canceled school for Friday. They are asking everyone to be off the roads by noon.
Amy February 07, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Bill, Boston has already called of school for tomorrow, is there any word if Shawsheen Tech and/or Tewksbury have plans to cancel as well?
denise February 07, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Call me crazy...but the last time they should have canceled...they didnt and it was a mess!!! I hope they cancel...cause even a 1/2 day it will be messing getting the youngest home!
Robert Rosa February 07, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Agreed, any word on cancelling school tomorrow?
Brooke February 07, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Lawerence already closed also. Whdh.com seems to be updating the closings list pretty frequently, hope that helps!
Shannon Kasier February 07, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Wilmington just called a 1/2 day.
Kelly Joyce February 07, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Billerica is closed.
Amy February 07, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Tewksbury closed, Shawsheen early release at 11:00

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