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February 5, 2014

Winter wallop ahead

Today's storm expected to bring 10 to 14 inches

NEWBURYPORT — This past weekend’s warm respite from winter proved to be short-lived, as a major snowstorm is expected to dump a foot of snow across the area today, and another storm may not be far behind.

According to the National Weather Service, the Greater Newburyport area can expect 10 to 14 inches of snow by the time the storm moves out later tonight. Coastal areas will likely see slightly less snow, while areas farther inland like Amesbury are expected to feel the brunt of the storm.

“It’s going to be wet, heavy snow,” said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton. “Not like that white fluffy snow we’ve had in the previous big storms.”

Dunham said the area would see steady snowfall starting early in the morning, so people should expect a rough commute on the way to work. Hoping to get the word out well before then, the mayors of both Newburyport and Amesbury each declared snow emergencies yesterday afternoon in the hopes of keeping cars off the streets so the plows can do their jobs.

Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday said the city’s blue lights will be turned on to notify residents of the parking ban, and motorists should avoid parking on the streets until further notice starting at 6 a.m. today.

Similarly, Amesbury Mayor Ken Gray said parking on public roadways would be prohibited between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. today, and residents should move their vehicles to designated public parking areas in the meantime.

Those impacted by the storm likely won’t have long to dig themselves out either, as another major storm could be on the horizon for Sunday. While it’s too early to predict how much snow the weekend storm might bring, meteorologists with AccuWeather.com are forecasting that it could develop into a potentially destructive blizzard.

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