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A blizzard warning is now in effect from 7 p.m. this afternoon through 1 p.m. tomorrow. As the Cape is expected to see the lion’s share of snowfall, it is quite possible that ocean effect snow will continue into early Wednesday evening for the Cape and islands.

Blizzard conditions consist of sustained or consistent gusts over 35 mph in conjunction with “considerable falling and/or blowing and drifting snow.”

Snowfall is expected to begin around mid afternoon where intensity and wind will continue to increase throughout the evening and into Wednesday morning. Save for Saturday, when highs are expected to top out at 32, our temperature range for the balance of the week is in the teen to mid 20 degree range with wind chills running from sub zero to mid teens.

As mentioned during previous weather updates, a significant pro active pruning around power lines took place in front of the winter season which has thus far curbed any notable power issues. Gusts during this particular storm are speculated to top out around 50 which certainly aren’t the worst we’ve seen this season.

Total accumulations are expected to be between 8 and 15 inches with approximately half on the ground by Wednesday morning.