Good morning! A stormy day is ahead, with heavy rain in the morning gradually turning into heavy, wet snow from north to south in the afternoon. Accumulating snow is predicted in the north and west of Providence by late day. Temperatures will go from low 40s in the morning to mid-30s in the afternoon. There will be ENE winds at 10-20mph with gusts of up to 40mph.
A look at the upcoming conditions shows that there are concerns for the morning commute due to potential localized street flooding and ponding on the roads. Temperatures will be in the low 40s, with gusts of 30-40mph near the coast. By early afternoon, rain will turn to a heavy, wet snow in northern RI, with a mix changing to wet snow in central and southern communities by mid to late afternoon. The snow will begin accumulating in northern RI late in the day, and by evening in the Providence area and points south, making for slow and difficult travel for evening commutes and beyond.
The snow will continue early tonight, tapering to lighter snow showers after midnight with winds ramping up tonight with north gusts of 30-45mph. Total accumulations are expected to range from 4-7 inches in northern RI, 2-4 inches in central RI, and 1-2 inches near the coast. The greatest concern with wind damage and power outages is where heavy snow coats and weighs down trees and power lines, especially once snowfall accumulations top 4 inches, which is possible north and west of Providence.
A “Winter Storm Warning” has been issued for far Northwest RI from Tuesday for the potential for 4-7 inches of snow accumulations by Tuesday Night. (Burrillville, Foster Glocester, Pascoag, Harrisville, North Scituate) A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect for the rest of our area Tuesday, including northern Bristol County in MA. Newport County is not included. Snow accumulations in the advisory area by Tuesday Night will range somewhere between 2-4 inches. As you get closer to the south shore, only an inch or two.
A “High Wind Warning” has been issued for the eastern MA coast for gusts 50-65mph. (Cape, eastern Plymouth, Boston, etc.). Gusts in RI are expected to peak at 35-45mph. These winds, combined with the weight of the heavy, wet snow that will coat trees and powerlines, will lead to potential scattered power outages by Tuesday night. The higher risk of this would be in northwest Rhode Island, as that is the area with the most snow expected.
The Ski Report shows the New England forecast and resort conditions. Stay updated with StormBeat’s real-time updates of the nor’easter’s impacts. Wednesday will remain windy and cool, with lingering snow showers possible in the early morning. It will be partly cloudy, dry by the afternoon, with temperatures near 40.