Blizzard Warning issued in Massachusetts, 20 inches possible 1

(National Weather Service)

(National Weather Service)

The National Weather Service has upgraded the Winter Storm Warnings issued around Massachusetts to more serious blizzard warnings.

Blizzard Warnings were issued for the following areas/counties: Central Middlesex, Eastern Essex, Eastern Norfolk, Eastern Plymouth, Northern Bristol, Southeast Middlesex, Southern Bristol, Southern Plymouth, Southern Worcester, Suffolk, Western Essex, Western Norfolk and Western Plymouth.

The Blizzard Warning all of Eastern Massachusetts Cape Cod and the Islands and all of Rhode Island except for Block Island. Coastal Connecticut is also under a Blizzard Warning.

The warnings include Boston and all of Suffolk County.

The warning in Suffolk County starts Sunday at noon and does not expire until 5 p.m. on Monday.

The Weather Service expects 15-20 inches of snow to call in those areas with significant drifts, high winds, white out conditions, and the potential for power loss.

Light snow will start in the early afternoon and become heavy by the evening. Very heavy snow will fall Sunday night with 2-4 inches per hour likely. Snow will continue heavy until it tapers off Monday afternoon.

Wind gusts of 50-60 miles per hour are expected.