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Nor’easter, with up to 12 inches of snowfall, to impact region


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Update: Westford is now under a winter storm warning until 8 a.m. on Wednesday. 

WESTFORD — A winter storm watch has been issued for Westford ahead of a Nor’easter that could drop up to 12 inches of snow in the area, as well as significant rain and wind throughout Massachusetts.

A storm watch for parts of Middlesex County, including Westford, is in effect from 8 p.m. on Monday through 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Northwest Middlesex County, as well as parts of Worcester, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties are under a winter storm warning.

The highest snowfall totals, between 18 and 24 inches, will impact higher elevations in the Berkshires and in some areas north of Route 2. Areas in central Massachusetts can expect 8 to 12 inches, while coastal areas and southern Massachusetts could see a wintry mix with up to three inches.

Rain and snow will begin during the Monday evening commute. The heaviest snow will fall through the Tuesday morning commute and ease through the afternoon. The storm will continue to drop snow and some rain through Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service notes travel will be especially difficult through the Tuesday evening commute.

“The late-day Tuesday commute will likely be impacted with snow-covered roads and low visibility,” the NWS wrote in a statement.

Wind gust totals for Nor’easter between March 13 and March 15. (Photo/NWS)

Wind gusts of 55 to 60 mph are possible in and around Westford. Coastal areas could see gusts as high as 65 mph. Tree limbs could be blown down as a result of gusty winds and heavy, wet snow, resulting in power outages.

Snow total changes are possible as the system approaches Massachusetts.

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Ben Domaingue
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.

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