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Long-time New Englanders joke, "if you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes." Our weather may not be that fickle, but we can see our share of severe weather that, if not prepared for, can threaten property, safety or life. Stay abreast of current Weather Alerts on this site. Make sure you're ready for the storm with tips from Tufts Emergency Response Guide and the following external sites.

Winter Storm/Blizzard

Part of the beauty of New England is its winter snow. Some of these storms bring wind, heavy snow downfall, or even white-out conditions. Not every snowfall is a "Winter Storm", but when a storm receives this moniker it means that special preparation is necessary. Much less frequently the Weather Service will label a storm a blizzard, distinguished by high winds and white-out conditions.

Severe Thunderstorms

The afternoons of hot, humid summer months are the most likely time of year for severe thunderstorms to develop. These are more than just thunder and flashes of light, featuring destructive winds, damaging hail, and dangerous lightning. Occasionally a severe thunderstorm might spawn tornadoes, though this is relatively infrequent in the New England area when compared to the midwest states.


Every year from May to November coastal residents are paying attention to an alphabetical series of named storms in the Atlantic that could signal a huge, powerful storm headed in their direction. Fortunately, hurricanes move slowly and typically provide several days or more for preparation before landfall.