Nor’Easter May Soon Hit Central Mass.

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A powerful storm may soon hit Central Massachusetts. Photo Credit: National Weather Service

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Just as Central Massachusetts is recovering from Hurricane Sandy, another storm could be bearing down, taking down power lines and leaving us in the dark once again.

Meteorologists are predicting that a large and powerful Nor’Easter is heading our way and may make its presence known by Wednesday afternoon.

Although it won’t be as big as Hurricane Sandy, the storm may still bring heavy precipitation, with rain and possibly snow.

“It is trending a bit more to the east and that is not good news for our area,” said Shrewsbury weather analyst Jim Arnold. “We could be seeing more frozen precipitation should this trend continue.”

Arnold said that any significant accumulation of heavy, wet snow, coupled with strong winds from the northeast could result in tree damage and subsequent power outages.  The storm could also end with a small amount of freezing rain as colder air drains in at the surface.

“The greatest chance of accumulating snow will be in the higher ground to the north and west of the Shrewsbury/Worcester area, as elevation will play a key part in this,” he said.

Arnold had previously predicted 20 to 25 mph winds with gusts up to 45 mph by Wednesday night and into Thursday.

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