UPDATE: NWS Ups Halloween Nor'easter Totals to 8 Inches
Marlborough and much of New England are in store for a Halloween weekend snowstorm.
If you and your kids are planning some weekend trick-or-treating, you may want to consider dressing up as Old Man Winter, or at the very least break out your winter boots.
A winter storm warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 until 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.
"A major winter storm will bring damaging, heavy, wet snow to the interior of southern New England late today and tonight, said a release from NWS. "Rain will transition to snow this evening with all locations impacted no later than midnight. Snow will fall heavy at times with 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour possible."
The National Weather Service has ammended its snow total prediction to eight inches for the Marlborough area.
"Heavy, wet sow and strong winds will result in tree damage, power outages and road closures," said a release. "Untreated roadways will become snow covered and slippery."
The Massachusetts State Police issued a safety warning for motorists who may be traveling in the bad weather.
"With a forecast of inclement weather, motorists should ensure that their vehicles are well maintained and properly equipped for winter driving," said police. "Motorists should check the fluid levels of their vehicles, particularly washer fluid and anti-freeze, to make sure that they are at adequate levels. Tires should be inspected to ensure that they are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth. Motorists should equip their vehicles with a snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flares, a flashlight and some warm clothing and blankets. Additionally, motorists are reminded to completely clear their vehicles of snow and ice prior to driving, including all lights, for visibility."
In addition, lowering your driving speed and allowing additional distance between is a huge factor in preventing potentially disastrous motor vehicle accidents.
And perhaps one of the greatest factors in freezing weather is black ice.
"Transparent ice may form on the roadway," said a release. "If you notice ice forming on any objects, assume that it is forming on the road surface as well. Bridges are usually the first surfaces to freeze. Drive slowly and, if possible, avoid driving on iced-over surfaces."
There are expected to be many cancelations over the course of the weekend due to the impending weather.
Already, the Advanced Math and Science Academy has canceled their Halloween Bash that was set to take place Saturday evening at the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson.
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Check back with Marlborough Patch as this story develops.