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...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON SUNDAY TO 6 PM EST
MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON SUNDAY TO 6 PM EST MONDAY.
THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...ALL OF RHODE ISLAND EXCEPT BLOCK ISLAND AND ALL OF
EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS EXCEPT CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW AND POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS...WITH
CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW AND NEAR ZERO
VISIBILITIES. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WITH SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...15 TO 20 INCHES OF SNOW.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL START IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON AND BECOME
HEAVY BY EVENING. VERY HEAVY SNOW WILL FALL THROUGHOUT SUNDAY
NIGHT WITH UP TO 2 TO 4 INCHES PER HOUR LIKELY AT TIMES. THE
SNOW WILL TAPER TO FLURRIES EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL
PEAK FROM LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MUCH OF MONDAY.

* IMPACTS...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP BY
SUNDAY EVENING. STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE WITH THE SNOW TO
CREATE BLINDING CONDITIONS WITH NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY AT TIMES
SUNDAY NIGHT. WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE EXPECTED DURING THE
HEIGHT OF THE STORM SUNDAY NIGHT FROM BOTH THE STRONG WINDS
KNOCKING DOWN POWER LINES AND THE WEIGHT OF THE HEAVY SNOW.
SHOVELING SHOULD NOT BE DONE BY ANYONE WITH HEART CONDITIONS.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST TO NORTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH
WITH GUSTS AS HIGH 50 TO 60 MPH ESPECIALLY ALONG COASTAL RHODE
ISLAND AND COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS FROM LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH MUCH OF MONDAY.

* TEMPERATURES...WILL RANGE FROM THE MID 20S TO LOWER 30S.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT
GUSTS OVER 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND/OR
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.  VISIBILITIES WILL BECOME POOR WITH
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES.  THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY
BECOME LOST OR DISORIENTED...SO PERSONS IN THE WARNING AREA ARE
ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS.

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