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Welcome to the Town of Chilmark, MA
Extended Period of Bitter Cold MEMA


DATE: December 27, 2017
TIME: 10:00 AM
SUBJECT: Extended Period of Bitter Cold


Very cold temperatures are expected for the rest of this week, potentially lasting into the middle of next week. Daytime high temperatures will likely not rise above the teens from Thursday through the weekend. High temperatures in some interior locations may not rise above the single digits. Overnight low temperatures will drop to 0 to -10 degrees north of the Mass Pike and to the single digits over southeast Massachusetts. Wind chills during this period could be as low as 15 to 25 degrees below zero, particularly in western Massachusetts. The coldest periods are forecast to be Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Friday morning. Another bout of especially low wind chills is possible Saturday night into Sunday morning and Sunday night into Monday morning.


Potentially life-threatening wind chill temperatures
Frostbite and hypothermia possible for those without proper protection from the cold. Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes for unprotected skin.
Possible increase in fires from unsafe/improper use of alternative heating sources or people trying to thaw frozen pipes with blowtorches or similar devices
Possible increase in incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning from unsafe/improper use of alternative heating sources
Possible vehicle failure
Possible water main breaks and pipe bursts

Watches and Warnings

Issued: December 27 at 4:06AM EST 
Expiring: December 28 at 12:00PM EST


Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Norfolk

Issued: December 27 at 4:06AM EST 
Expiring: December 28 at 12:00PM EST


Areas affected: Western Franklin; Western Hampden; Western Hampshire

Issued: December 27 at 4:02AM EST 
Expiring: December 28 at 1:00PM EST


Areas affected: Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire


Preparedness and Safety Information

  • Safety and preparedness tips for extreme cold, including safety information for pets, homes and cars are available at:
  • Information on protecting homes from heating fires is available at:


Stay Informed:

Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit:


Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times:

Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools, including the live snowfall forecast map:

Follow MEMA on Facebook (@MassachusettsEMA), Twitter (@MassEMA), and Nextdoor (

Online Resources:
For additional information and resources, visit:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at
National Weather Service/Taunton at
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center:
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:
Mass211 at


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