Residents should take note of the precautions MEMA advises they take in this stretch of cold weather.
Wednesday, January 23
Editor's Note: The following is from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. “As we enter the time of year when we can expect extremely low temperatures and wind chills, we all must take precautions to minimize the dangers presented by such severe weather,” stated Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “To that end, MEMA presents these cold weather safety tips.” Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and emergency messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available at www.mass.gov/mema/mobileappp.
The last week of January could be the "coldest we've seen in years."
We should be preparing for some serious cold weather beginning Sunday night and continuing for up to 10 weeks, according to one area weather specialist. Following the big chill, there will be a brief relaxing of the cold before it reloads and returns for another lenghthy spell that could last into February, said Jim Arnold, weather specialist with the Shrewsbury Emergency Management Agency. He points to two snow threats on the horizon: one working up the coast from the Virginia Capes and the other is ready to track off the coast and spare this area a major snowfall. "I am expecting nothing more at this time than 1 to 2 inches in and around Central Massachusetts, if that much," said Arnold. "The second threat will be from a storm off the …