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UPDATED: School Closings Announced, As Merrimack Valley Prepares For Late Winter Blizzard

Mar 13, 2017 01:02PM ● By Bill Gilman
St. Patrick's Day may be Friday but the Merrimack Valley is not going to get lucky this week when it comes to the weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch and Winter Storm Warning for the region, with a forecast calling for as much as 24 inches of snow in the Merrimack Valley.
The snowfall is expected to begin around 5 a.m. Tuesday and continue throughout the day, before concluding around 1 a.m. Wednesday. At the height of the storm, snow will quickly become heavy with 2 to 4 inch per hoursnowfall rates possible at times, especially through earl afternoon.
Winds are expected to be from the northeast at 20-30 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph.
Travel will be dangerous due to near whiteout conditions at times and snow covered roads, especially late Tuesday morning through early Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday night, the snow will continue with temperatures dropping to 20 degrees. Schools in Tewksbury and Dracut will be closed Tuesday.
Tewksbury has already announced that trash pickup this week will take place Thursday because of the storm. We will keep you informed throughout the storm as to power outages, emergency shelter activations, road closings, etc. If you have news tips during the story, you can email Editor Bill Gilman at [email protected] or [email protected] or text to 978-855-3372. In the meantime, here is more information to prepare you for the storm.

Winter Driving Safety Tips
Winter Storm Safety Tips
Download the MEMA Emergency Alerts App on your I-Phone
Build an emergency kit
Extreme Cold Safety Tips

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