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Flood warnings and advisories issued for Massachusetts

BOSTON — The National Weather Service issued a series of flood warnings and advisories Sunday morning as heavy rain pelted the area with additional downpours in the forecast.

In Waltham, a large sinkhole developed on Wyman Street washing out a portion of the road.  The left travel lanes on Route 128 in Westwood were closed for a time due to flooding Sunday morning, Massachusetts State Police said.

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Police also closed both directions of Route 6 in Westport due to flooding. In Chelmsford, Boston Road was closed near Brian Road because of flooding, according to police. The ramp from Route 18 southbound to Route 195 in Freetown was also closed for flooding, transportation officials said.

A flood warning was issued for the North Nashua River in Fitchburg where flooding of low-lying areas along the river trapped at least two cars near an underpass on Cleghorn Street. A tow truck pulled the cars out of the flood waters.

Photos:  Flooding washes out roads, traps cars

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Bristol County and Plymouth County where several inches of rain had fallen in just a few hours.

Video:  Flood waters trap cars in Fitchburg

“Between 2 and 5 inches of rain have fallen in just a few hours,” Storm Team 5 meteorologist Danielle Vollmar said.

A flood advisory was issued for eastern Massachusetts where “heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water on highways, streets and underpasses,” the weather service said.

High winds and rain overnight collapsed radio towers in Western Mass., knocking out cell phone and internet service for much of North Adams. Residents were told via a reverse 911 system to make emergency calls with their landline if necessary.

Authorities think slick road conditions played role in crash

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Rochester police said a 7-year-old girl was killed in a crash on Route 202 on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m.

According to authorities, a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Lori Weeks, 31, was traveling eastbound when she lost control and her car skidded into oncoming traffic.

The Malibu crashed into a Toyota Matrix, driven by Roberta Siderchuck, 48, in the westbound lane.

Police said Weeks and her daughter, Madison Weeks, 7, were taken to Frisbie Hospital. The daughter was transferred to Maine Medical Center where she died of her injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, but authorities said slick road conditions likely played a role in the crash.

Worcester buildings, Framingham barn destroyed by weight of snow 

WORCESTER, Mass. —The weight of snow dumped by a relentless winter has proven too heavy for some buildings. Several roof bucklings and collapses have been reported in area buildings.

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A multi-story building on Eastern Avenue in Worcester was on the verge of collapse Wednesday afternoon after part of the roof gave way. Crews decided to tear down the vacant structure.

A garage on the same street was also being closely watched early Thursday.

On Wednesday morning, two cows were killed and four others injured when the roof of a barn in Framingham collapsed.

Officials said property owners should try to clear snow from roofs ahead of Friday’s rain.

“With the addition of rain in the immediate forecast, dry, fluffy snow piled on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing any additional sleet and rain, adding weight and stress to structures if not cleared,” MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz said. “Flat, commercial roofs are most susceptible if they are not draining properly.”

Long-duration Nor’easter forecast

BOSTON —A significant winter storm will affect the region Thursday into Friday bringing the potential for heavy snow, strong winds, coastal flooding and possibly even blizzard conditions.
A blizzard warning was posted for eastern Plymouth and Barnstable counties as heavy snow will be accompanied by strong winds into Friday morning resulting in very poor visibilities.

Light snow overspread much of the region early Thursday morning, and dozens of Massachusetts school districts canceled classes.

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Significant snowfall will be accompanied by bitterly cold temps along with blowing and drifting snow.

There will be an impact for the Thursday evening and Friday morning rush hours, with the greater concern being for the Friday morning commute.

Boston schools will be closed Friday, Mayor Thomas Menino said.  Boston Public schools were not scheduled to be open Thursday.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state.

Here are 10 things to know about the storm:

  1. If the storm follows the current track prediction, its greatest impacts will be in southern New England and along the immediate coast, including Boston.
  2. There is a likelihood of  coastal flooding and erosion along the Massachusetts east coast Thursday and Friday.
  3. Snow will begin late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, but this will be a long-duration storm.
  4. The snow will continue off-and-on during the day Thursday, with several inches falling during the day.
  5. The storm will ramp up Thursday night and the heaviest snowfall will take place Thursday night and into the early morning hours of Friday. The worst of the storm is expected to come Thursday night into early Friday with 1 to 2 inch per hour snowfall rates.
  6. Near blizzard conditions will be possible for a time along the eastern Massachusetts coast Thursday night into early Friday, resulting in whiteout conditions. Travel may become impossible.
  7. There will be a widespread accumulation of 8 to 15 inches in Massachusetts inside Route 495. Areas south of Boston could see 12 to 18 inches.  Central Massachusetts, the Cape & Islands and southern New Hampshire  could see 6 to 10 inches.
  8. The storm is not expected to stall and should be over by midday Friday.
  9. Bitterly cold weather will follow with blowing and drifting.  Saturday morning could see temperatures at or below zero.
  10.  The “fluff factor” with such cold weather will increase the snowfall totals.  Here’s the formula:
  • 1 inch of water at 30 degrees = 10 inches of snow
  • 1 inch of water at 23 degrees = 15 inches of snow
  • 1 inch of water at 17 degrees = 20 inches of snow



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