Blizzard Watch Monday Night into Tuesday

January 25th, 2015 at 8:28 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Here is an updated video blog regarding the storm for Monday night into Tuesday. You can also read my thoughts below the posted video:

As TJ mentions in his previous post, confidence continues to grow regarding a blizzard Monday night into Tuesday.  In fact, the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for our area.  Let’s break down what we know and what we need to fine tune:

What we know:

-A Major Storm will impact southern New England Monday night into Tuesday

-Snow, wind, and poor visibility will create dangerous if not impassible travel conditions

-It’s likely we will get at least one foot of snow, some locations could get closer to 2 feet.

-With the combination of heavy snow and strong wind, branches are at risk of coming down which will lead to likely power outages.

What we need to fine tune:

-The specific snow ranges we are expecting….I would like to see one more round of data before putting a cap on the maximum amounts.  However, I am fairly confident in at least one foot across most of our area.



Stay tuned for update through out the rest of the weekend and next week.  The entire weather team (Tony, Michelle, TJ) will be working online and on the air.  -Pete Mangione


Afternoon Update: Saturday Mess, Big Storm Tuesday?

January 24th, 2015 at 4:53 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Updated at 1:30PM by Pete Mangione

If you don’t feel like reading, check out the video afternoon blog below.  Otherwise, read below for more information on the rest of Saturday and a possible Tuesday storm.

Tuesday Blizzard?

Before we discuss the rest of the Saturday forecast, I will briefly touch on the forecast for next week.  A significant snowstorm is possible Monday night into Tuesday.  We need to look at more data before saying that its a done deal, but several of our computer models are starting to come together on it.  The European model has quite a storm on Tuesday morning.  Again, we can’t take this too literally just yet, but it’s worth noting.



Here are some snow totals from this morning:


Noon – 4PM: Sleet and rain with temperatures climbing above freezing in most spots.  Freezing rain is possible (primarily northwest of 295) so use caution on the roads.

4PM – 9PM: We go back over to snow.  This will happen first in northwest RI and last at the coast.  An additional inch or 2 of accumulation is possible (with potentially higher amounts northwest of 295).

 Overnight into Sunday Morning: Watch for some icy roads as temperatures will be near or just below freezing.

Total Accumulations by tonight:

Northwest of 295: 4″-6″

Providence I-95 corridor: 2″-4″

South Coast: 1-3″

Wind may gust 15-25 mph for our viewing area, but the strongest gusts should stay east into Plymouth County Mass and Cape Cod where gusts of 30-50 mph are possible.

We will have updates online through out the day! -Pete Mangione




Saturday storm likely, but what kind?

January 21st, 2015 at 5:50 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

While it’s still possible this it stays offshore and is a complete miss, new data coming in this afternoon supports the idea of a likely storm on Saturday.  However, the type of storm will have a huge impact on how “big of a deal” this ends up becoming.  It does appear that something will be falling from the sky; but this storm could end up being all snow, or a snow/sleet/rain mix.

We use many different computer models to forecast storms, and the European is one of the more reliable models when we are still several days away from the actual storm.  Here is a snapshot of what the European model is forecasting for Saturday.  The orange color represents liquid precipitation of .75″ to 1.o”.  Assuming that the snow is not too wet, that could easily equate to 6 to 12 inches of snow.


                                                 Courtesy WSI


But I am not completely sold on a big snowstorm just yet because temperatures may be borderline between snow, sleet, and even plain rain.  Below is a forecast map right around the height of the storm;  this is actually a snapshot of several thousand feet above the surface.


                                                                                                   Courtesy WSI


To get snow, you usually need all layers of the atmosphere to be below freezing.  In the map above, the blue colors are below freeing (o° Celsius).  Notice that this is a very close call.  The freezing line seems to run right through Providence; this would give areas north and west of Providence all snow, areas south and east of Providence a messy mix, and Providence itself a toss up.  Another complication is that if the precipitation comes down hard enough, it can essentially cool itself off to below freezing levels, even if the layer is initially above freezing.

Keep in mind, the above 2 graphics come only from one computer model, so we can’t lock in on just this solution.  At this point, we know that this COULD become our first big snowstorm (6+ inches) of the season, but it could also end up a messy mix that give us no accumulation or just a few inches.

Timing: Based on current information, the storm would start on Saturday morning, but not become heavy until Saturday afternoon and evening…the worst would move out Saturday night.  But unfortunately, timing is also subject to change.  Please stay tuned as we get more information in the coming days.




Freezing Rain Advisory This Morning

January 18th, 2015 at 8:53 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog


There is a potential for freezing rain, primarily to the north and west of I-95 over the next several hours.  Here is a snapshot from our RADAR earlier this morning:


I did notice Westerly, Providence, and Smithfield all went above freezing at around 9 this morning.  That is good news.  However, we will have to watch western RI closely (e.g. West Greenwich, Foster, Johnston) over the next several hours as those spots were still below freezing as of the writing of this blog.

Please use caution! Freezing rain is often more dangerous than snow because you can’t see the layers of ice that can buildup on the roads.  By the time we get into this afternoon, all of our viewing area should be well above  freezing with only liquid rain showers.  -Pete Mangione


Monday Wintry Mix

January 11th, 2015 at 9:09 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

While we will not see significant snow accumulations, the Monday commutes (especially the morning) could be messy because of a wintry mix.  Here is the timeline:

5AM to 7AM: Some scattered snow showers move in.  While a coating of snow is possible, it looks like the snow will be light enough to prevent it from causing major issues.

7AM to 11AM: Snow will change to rain, but during this transition, some freezing rain is possible.  Freezing rain can often be more hazardous on the roads than snow so use caution during this time. The most likely locations to get the freezing rain would be areas to the north and west of I-95.

11AM to 4PM: Rain showers with temperatures in the mid 30s.

4PM to 10PM: Rain showers with some brief mixing back to snow/sleet by late evening.

How much snow accumulation?

Not much at all, in fact most of us end up with just a coating and even that will likely be washed away by afternoon rain.  Some isolated 1″ amounts are possible to the north and west of 295.  TJ will have updates this afternoon and evening. Have a good Sunday! -Pete Mangione




Pats Playoff Forecast: Cold, but we have seen worse

January 9th, 2015 at 5:01 pm by under Patriots, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It will be a chilly evening in Foxborough for the Pats/Ravens playoff game.  Given that it is early January, this should not be shocking.   In fact, we have seen much worse during some of the playoff and late season games over the past few years.  Here is how the forecast breaks down:

Tailgating 1PM:  Temperature at around 25° with winds 10-15 mph and gusts around 25 mph.

Kickoff: 4:30PM:  Temperature near 20° with winds 5-15 mph and gusts around 20 mph.

Around End of Game (8PM): Temperature near 17° with winds 5-10 mph and gusts around 15 mph.

Obviously, you will need to dress in winter gear (hats, gloves, layers), but at least we won’t be dealing with brutal winds the entire game.  As noted in the forecast above, it will be breezy around  kickoff, but the winds should diminish through out the game.

I don’t expect the weather to have much of an effect on the game; both Brady and Flacco are good cold weather quarterbacks. Enjoy the game! -Pete Mangione




Rain moves out this morning, still windy

December 25th, 2014 at 9:29 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Merry Christmas! The Flood Watch has been dropped.  Rain will move out this morning, but winds will stay busy for most of the day.  Into the afternoon, a little sun is possible but temperatures will actually drop from the upper 50s this morning into the low 50s and upper 40s by late this afternoon.  Colder weather moves in next week and we will have to keep an eye on an offshore storm which could give us some rain or snow.  Stay tuned! -Pete Mangione

Christmas Eve Night: Rain, Wind, and the 60s

December 24th, 2014 at 7:51 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Updated 11:30 PM Wednesday

Rain has moved in across most of our area.  It will continue, heavy at times through Christmas morning.  Along the way, we will get some gusty winds and a 2nd temperature record may fall.  We already broke the Christmas Eve temperature record of 60° set in 1990!  As of late Christmas Eve night, we had a temperature of 64!

Now Through Midnight: Rain will continue at varying intensities…some heavy downpours are still possible.   As we approach midnight mass time, there may be a lull in the steady rain, but look for periods of drizzle and mist to continue.  Winds be gusty (gusts between 30-40 mph) overnight; a wind advisory is in effect until early Thursday morning (this is for Narragansett Bay area and points east, including Providence).



Midnight to 8AM: A lull in the heavy rain is likely until about 2-3AM, but then some downpours, gusty winds, and even a thunderstorm is possible from 4AM-8AM.



8AM to Noon: Rain will start to move out, and it should be mostly out of our viewing area by 10 or 11AM.  Even though the wind advisory expires in the morning, it will likely be blustery (with a little sun) in the afternoon.

Rain Impacts: Most of us will pick up between 1 and 2 inches, but some isolated 3 inch amounts are possible.  Therefore, widespread flooding is not expected; there may be a few spots which get street/poor drainage flooding.

Wind Impacts: Widespread wind damage is not expected.  I don’t think it will be the kind of night that has screaming winds the entire night, but some strong gusts are always possible under downpours or thunderstorms.

Temperatures: The record for tomorrow (Christmas) is 63.  Early Thursday morning, we may get close to breaking this record.

Merry Christmas! -Pete Mangione

Sunday AM Update: A Little More Snow

December 21st, 2014 at 8:25 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Similar to last night, we will see bands of snow set up today.  This means that some locations could get an inch or 2, but a just a few miles away there may be only a dusting.  This setup can be a pain to forecast; that’s why I am putting most of you in the broad range of a coating to 2″ of snow.  Most of us will be closer to the coating.  The snow should come to an end by tonight as skies go partly cloudy.  Please use caution on the roads, especially north and west of I-95 where a quick coating of snow is possible.  Here is an updated map, have a great Sunday! -Pete Mangione


Sunday Night Update

December 20th, 2014 at 11:18 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A few reports of snow as of around 10PM Saturday night:

Cranston: 1″

Woonsocket: 2″

Snow has ranged from non-existent (Westerly area) to moderate (Cranston, Pawtucket, Woonsocket, Attleboro).  This wide range is due to the banding nature of the snow; basically narrow areas of snow have repeatedly hits some areas while missing others.  Because of some of the reports in northern Rhode Island, I have expanded the Coating-2″ area to include places like Pawtucket.  Also, we will have to watch western Kent and western South County carefully on Sunday as another disturbance moves in from the west.  I will leave this zone with a coating to 1 inch on Sunday, but some isolated 2 inch amounts are possible.  Have a good night, I will be on after the game tonight and back with you tomorrow morning on WPRI 12! -Pete Mangione


Saturday Evening Update: Light Snow This Weekend

December 20th, 2014 at 7:16 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

I have not made any significant changes to the forecast since this morning.  As of Saturday evening, there have been some decent bands of snow developing in eastern Massachusetts. Some of the snow bands have made it into Rhode Island, but they lose a little of their punch as they make there way west.  Expect the light off/on snow to continue overnight into Sunday.  Most of us will get about a coating…with a few areas isolated spots making it to an inch. 1 to 2 inches is possible from northeastern Rhode Island (northern part of Cumberland) into northern Bristol County Massachusetts and Plymouth County Massachusetts.  Watch for some slick spots tonight as temperatures are near and even below freezing in some areas.  Here is an updated accumulation map. Have a good evening and join us on FOX Providence and WPRI 12 later on tonight! -Pete Mangione


Some Light Snow This Weekend

December 20th, 2014 at 8:32 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The chance of a White Christmas here in southern New England is very low this year because of a mild wind and rain event that arrives Christmas Eve.  However, some light snow and chilly temperatures may put you in the holiday mood as you are getting that last minute shopping done.  Here is a breakdown:

Saturday through 5PM: Mostly cloudy and dry with temperatures in the 30s.  Some light rain/snow may start to move in from eastern Massachusetts but most of us should be snow-free during this time.

Saturday 5PM through midnight: Light snow will start to overspread our area.  While the accumulation will be light, there is a chance of some slick roads…especially to the north and west of 295.  Southwestern Rhode Island may not see much of the snow until very early Sunday morning.

Saturday Midnight into Sunday noon: Off/on light snow continues…it will be the steadiest in northern Bristol County Mass and perhaps extreme northern RI.  It will be spottier and lighter for the rest of Rhode Island.

Sunday afternoon: Some lingering scattered snow showers…a little steadier in Plymouth County Mass.

An accumulation map is below…most of us will pick up a coating.  Have a good day! -Pete Mangione



It’s Been Amost 2 Years Since Providence Had a 1 Foot Snow Storm

December 18th, 2014 at 5:34 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s been almost 2 years (about 22 months) since the February Blizzard of 2013.  That blizzard marks the last time that Providence (officially measured at TF Green) received at least one foot of snow from a storm.  Here are some totals from that blizzard courtesy of the National Weather Service:

WARWICK    20.0


Big southern New England storms after Blizzard of 2013 Have Missed Providence

Southern New England HAS seen some impressive snowstorms over the past 2 years, they just haven’t delivered for Providence.  (While Providence official totals are recorded at TF Green Airport, I also checked actual Providence reports in the the city…these also fell well short of a 1 foot snowstorm).  Here are a few of the notable storms:

March 6-8, 2013

About a month after the blizzard of 2013, a storm pounded parts of eastern Massachusetts with well over a foot of snow.   Fall River was hit with over 17 inches, but TF Green ended up with a wimpy 2.3 inches! Parts of northern Rhode Island did get hit with heavy snow; the northern part of Cumberland got over a foot.  I mapped out a few of the totals…the difference between Fall River and TF Green is impressive given the relatively short distance.




January 2-3, 2014

Some remember this as the “right after New Years” storm.  I will have to double check this, but I believe this storm was the closest Providence came to picking up a foot.  Here are a few of the totals courtesy of the National Weather Service:

TF GREEN   7.2


January 21-22, 2014

This storm was a pain because most of it fell from the Tuesday evening commute into early Wednesday morning.  However, Providence once again escaped a major snow storm.  I mapped out a few of the snow totals from this storm; notice how there are larger totals surrounding the Providence metro area.  It’s almost like some kind of snow force field!




 Despite the lack of the “Big One” in Providence, the winter of 2013-2014 was very active

Last winter brought many small to medium snow storms to the Capital City.  If you remember, we had so many storms that salt shortages became an issue.  TF Green officially recorded 43.6 inches of snow last winter; that is about 10 inches above the normal of 33.9 inches.


So WHY did Providence miss out on the big storms

The short answer is, I’m still trying to figure that out.

Part of the answer lies in the geography.  Providence and the coast, on average, get less snow than their neighbors to the north.  Areas along and to the north and west of 295 (Foster, Smithfield…etc) tend to be colder during snow storms; even a few degrees can make the difference between wet snow and accumulating snow.

But this doesn’t explain some of those storms which dumped snow in Fall River and left just a few inches in Providence.  It also doesn’t explain the storm that gave Westerly and Fall River around 10 inches, Glocester a foot, and TF Green only 5.7 inches.  Those high eastern Massachusetts totals are likely the result of the storm proximity…the offshore position of the storm sent the most moisture into Massachusetts, and not as much into Providence.  Some of the higher totals in western and northern Rhode Island may have been the result of upslope (air rising as it moves into higher elevations) or there could have been a smaller separate atmospheric disturbance in western Rhode Island area.

Narragansett Bay could also play a role, as warmer waters just off the bay could limit the TF Green and Providence area totals.

Anyway, these are all just theories, but it certainly shows how forecasting snow is southern New England is no picnic! -Pete Mangione


Wednesday Night Rain/Snow Outlook

December 10th, 2014 at 4:25 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Off/on rain showers will continue late this afternoon through this evening.  Some snow will also try to mix in.  I think we will be able to get through most of the evening commute with just plain old rain showers.  However, after 6 or 7PM, some snow may fall in the western part of the state.  Areas to the west of 295 (such as Foster, West Greenwich, and Burrillville) have the best chance to see this light snow, but some mixing to cold rain and sleet is also possible.


After 9 or 10PM, this snow/sleet/rain mix COULD make it into Providence.  As we go past midnight, all of our viewing area has a chance of getting a little wintry mix.

Any Accumulation?For the most part, no.  There could be a coating to half an inch at some of the higher elevations in northern and western Rhode Island, but most of us won’t see any.

What about the  roads? The main area of concern would be along and to the north and west of I-95.  This is where temperatures are likely to get near or below freezing.  While icy spots from light snow are a possibility, of more concern will be any rainwater that freezes on untreated surfaces (sidewalks and side roads).

When will this all come to an end? We don’t completely get rid of the rain/snow showers until late Thursday or Friday, but the threat of snow and slick roads should be over by late Thursday morning.  



Mild End To November, Start to December

November 30th, 2014 at 9:11 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The last day of November and first day of December will be mild with temperatures in the 50s.  This milder weather will stick around ahead of a cold front that will knock us back to reality by late Monday night into Tuesday.  In the meantime, here is what this pattern will do to our Sunday afternoon weather planner….


This warm pattern will not only make for mild afternoons, but also mild overnights and mornings.  Check out the forecast for the Monday morning drive to work…not a bad way to start the week!




Tuesday high temperatures will be back to the 30s despite the sun, then we will have to keep our eye on late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  A brief wintry mix may create a few slick spots during this time.  The mix should change over to plain rain for the rest of the day…but stay tuned for updates.  Have a great weekend! -Pete Mangione

Some Light Snow for Overnight Shoppers

November 27th, 2014 at 11:21 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

New data coming in the evening favors light snow overnight and very little in the way of accumulation.  So far this evening, we have been getting reports of about a coating to 1 inch of snow (primarily on car tops and the grass).

Periods of light snow will continue overnight….they will be more frequent in Bristol County Mass and less frequent in western Rhode Island.   By Friday morning, most locations will be at a  coating to 1 inch of snow (that takes into account what was already on the ground Thursday night).  For areas east of Fall River and Taunton Mass, a coasting to 2 inches is possible.  Up near Boston, 1 to 3 inches of snow is possible.  The bottom line? You will want to use caution on slick spots early tomorrow morning for shopping, but the snow will have little impact on most of our viewing area.   Here is an updated map, hope you find some good deals Friday! -Pete Mangione


Light Snow Expected: Forecast Update

November 27th, 2014 at 6:32 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Light snow (which will start as a little rain) at the coast will move through off/on through the overnight hours.  Most of us will get about a coating…but a few spots could get around an inch.  East of Fall River, 2 inch (or slightly higher) amounts are possible by early Friday morning. Some isolated 1 or 2 inch amounts are also possible north and west of 295 in Rhode Island and Bristol County Mass.

As most of our temperatures get below freezing tonight, use caution on the roads.   Even areas that only get a coating could have some icy spots.  Here is an updated accumulation map that is valid by Friday morning.  For that circled area in northern RI, the 2 inch amounts would be isolated….most of us would be closer to a coating or an inch.  Happy Thanksgiving! – Pete Mangione


A Little Snow Tonight into Friday AM

November 27th, 2014 at 4:36 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

This will be very brief as I am getting ready for the 5PM newscast.  Some light snow will move in this evening through early Friday AM.  Most of us will end up with nothing to a dusting of snow.  Areas east of Fall River could end up with 1-2″.  Even in areas that only get a coating, please use caution on the roads.  It will be cold enough where some snow/ice could stick on untreated surfaces and roads.  Here is an early look at the accumulation forecast…I will have more information on the air at 5PM on WPRI 12.


Not a lot of snow, but plenty of travel headaches

November 26th, 2014 at 5:20 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Most snowfall totals have been confined north and west of I-95.  The amounts have been limited…between about a coating and an inch.  However, freezing rain, sleet, and plain old rain have been creating a mess out on the roads.  Numerous accidents have been reported in northwestern RI.  Here is what you can expect for the rest of the evening:

Through 10PM: Mostly rain, although north and west of I-95 may mix to sleet at times.  It will be windy with gusts of 35 mph possible….gusts closer to 50 mph are possible from the south coast to Cape Cod.

10PM to 4Am Thursday: Rain and sleet will change back to a final burst of snow.  Accumulations will be limited with the final burst….you might be able to pick up 1 or 2 inches north and west of 295.  Winds will also stay strong gusting between 30-35 mph.

By early Thursday morning, most of us will have a coating to no snow accumulation at all.  North and west of 295: 1″-3″ are possible…but most of you will be on the lower end of that range.


 Thursday (Thanksgiving Day): Most of the day will be fine, but watch for some icy spots on the roads early in the morning.  Moisture from the rain/snow overnight may freeze.
Happy Thanksgiving! – Pete Mangione

A Messy Mixed Bag

November 26th, 2014 at 2:48 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

While the south coast has stayed all rain, the rest of us have seen a mix of rain, sleet, snow, and even freezing rain.  Many people have reported pellets coming down at times.  Even though snow can make roads slick, its the freezing rain that could be the biggest threat on the roads this afternoon.  Please use caution….freezing rain is much harder to spot on the roads than snow!

Now to 5PM: The messy wintry mix will continue along and north and west of I-95.  Providence will favor more rain….while areas north and west of 295 will favor a wintry mix.

5 to 10PM: Rain will continue, heavy at times.  Even areas which have received a wintry mix, you will likely go back over to plain old rain.  North and west of 295, you may hang onto a sleet/rain mix.



10PM Tonight to 5AM Friday: Rain/sleet will go back to one final burst of snow…an inch or 2 additional accumulation is possible.  Travel carefully and Happy Thanksgiving! – Pete Mangione




Watching Wednesday/Thursday Carefully

November 23rd, 2014 at 9:25 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As TJ mentioned in his previous blog post, there is a potential rain/snow maker on the way Wednesday night into Thursday morning.  4 main scenarios are possible, so here is what I’m thinking based on the new data coming in the morning:

Scenario 1: COMPLETE MISS – This is becoming less likely as the computer models are starting trend on at least some kind of precipitation making it through.

Scenario 2: SNOWY TRACK – If the low pressure center tracks in just the right spot off to our south, this would put us on the colder, snowy side.   Accumulating snow and major travel impacts could occur with this scenario.  The chance of this happening is still low, but it’s something we need to watch.

Scenario 3: RAINY TRACK - If the low pressure center takes more of a western track, that would put us on the milder, rainy side.  While this could slow down driving, at least it would not have MAJOR travel impacts. This means we could likely avoid things like flight cancellations and road closures.  At this point, I would give us a 50/50 shot at seeing this scenario.

Scenario 4: RAIN/SNOW/WINTRY MIX COMBO – I think this is the mostly likely scenario to occur. Similar to scenario 3, it might slow things down on the roads and create some flight delays, but we would be able to avoid any major impacts.  As for the rest of the country on Wednesday, some of our airports in New York City, Washington DC, and Florida could see a few issues because of rain.  The Wednesday before Thanksgiving  is usually one of the busiest (if not THE busiest) days for air travel.  Stay tuned and we will keep you updated! -Pete Mangione





Wind/Rain Maker on the Way; Then VERY Cold

November 16th, 2014 at 8:56 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

If you don’t like cold temperatures here is the good news: Temperatures go back into the 50s for Monday! Here is the bad news: The 50s will come with rain and a lot of wind by Monday overnight.

Tonight (Sunday night) some rain showers will start to move through after 10 or 11PM.  Initially, I was a little concerned about a wintry mix, but it looks like that will stay well off to our north.

MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE: Some fog and rain showers may slow things down a little, but we are not looking at widespread downpours.  Allow an extra few minutes and you should be OK.  The winds will be fairly light at this point.

MONDAY EVENING COMMUTE: Off and on showers will continue as temperatures rise into the 50s.  Some upper 50s are possible near the south coast! Breezes will start to pick up, but the strong gusts should hold off until after the commute.

 MONDAY NIGHT: Some heavy pockets of rain will move through; an isolated thunderstorm cannot be ruled out.  Winds will potentially gust between 35 to 50 mph; some isolated power outages are possible. Here is a look at a computer model forecast for 9PM (these strong winds may actually hold off until after midnight):


TUESDAY: Winds will continue to be busy gusting between 30-40 mph.  As the next arctic air mass slides on through, temperatures will actually be colder by the evening commute than for the morning commute.

TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING: Very cold with actual temperatures in the 20s but wind chills in the teens and even a few single digits.


Have a good Sunday and enjoy the roller coaster temperature ride! -Pete Mangione


Friday AM Commute: rain and a little snow

November 13th, 2014 at 4:46 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

New data has come in this afternoon and it continues to support the idea of snowflakes in the air, but very little in the way of accumulation.

Here is an updated accumulation map that Tony and I have been working on as he gets ready for the evening newscasts.  Most of what you see below will be on the grass and car tops; but an inch or two of snow is possible on the pavement to the north and west of 295.



Here is timeline of what to expect:

Now until 11PM: Cloudy and cool but dry.  So if you need to drive the kids around to practices and other activities this evening, that will be no problem!

11PM until 3AM: Light to moderate rain will overspread the area. 

3AM to 8AM: Rain will start to change to snow.  This will happen first in northwest Rhode Island.  For Providence and points south and east, the change to snow may not happen until 5AM – 7AM.  The coast may stay rain for the entire time…and if it does change to snow here the snow will be very brief.

8AM to 10AM: Snow will start to move out from west to east.  Western RI, you will be pretty much done with the the snow by this point.  Bristol County Mass will hang onto the snow/rain a little longer.

Morning Commute Impacts:

-It will be messy for everyone, so you may want to allow an extra 10 to 20 minutes to get to work.

-Along and north and west of 295, there may be some slick and snow covered roads.  Please drive with caution!


Have a good night and stay with WPRI both online and on the air for updates. -Pete Mangione


The weather has been crazy lately…but not really

November 6th, 2014 at 5:33 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

There have been some impressive temperature swings over the past couple of weeks.  During the middle of last week (October 27 and October 28), we had temperatures in the 70s.  A few days later on Sunday, we had a rain/snow mix in Providence and they were clearing snow off of the field at Gillette! Here is a picture from Freetown, Mass on Sunday morning courtesy of Derek Adesso.


Based on the up and down temperatures, I have been hearing this comment frequently, “Wow, the weather has been really crazy lately!” Part of me agrees; I took the AC units out of my windows a few weeks ago and I was kind of wishing I had them back in during the warm weather last week.  However, it seems that every year around this time, I get the “this weather is crazy” comment.  This led me to the following question:  If these wild temperature swings are something that happen at this time every year, is the weather this year really THAT crazy?

To determine if this year was especially crazy, I decided to look at temperatures over the past 5 years from October 27 (when our warm spell started this year) into the first week of November (around the present).  Basically, I am looking at temperatures over the past 2 weeks to look for differences between this year and past years. 



This year (2014): As I mentioned above, we had all kinds of weather the past couple of weeks.  After highs in the mid 70s last week, we had some snow with temperatures in the mid 30s this past Sunday morning.  But then it was back to the upper 60s yesterday (Wednesday), and now I am sitting with a cold rain coming down outside the window with temperatures in the 40s.

2013: During  the end of October, high temperatures generally ranged from the mid 50s to mid 60s.  But on November 1st, we hit a high of 70.  Four days later, overnight lows dipped to the mid 20s and and highs only made it to 50.

2012: The last 5 days of October were balmy with 3 days in the upper 60s, but by November 5th, highs were only in the mid 40s and overnight lows were below freezing. 

2011: This was the year of SNOW-TOBER with several inches of snow falling on the night of October 29th into the morning of October 30th. But that snow didn’t stick around very l0ng: by November 3rd we were back into the 60s.  On November 8, we reached 70!

2010: October went out like a blowtorch with a high of 71 on October 27th and a high of 77 on October 28th.  But November put an end to all of that with highs in the low 50s and lows in the 20s by November 3. 


While the temperature roller coaster might be a little more extreme this year, it’s a ride that we have been on many times before.  From a meteorological perspective, this makes sense because during this time of year, we are susceptible to arctic blasts from the north, but also milder (and sometimes tropical) air masses from the south.  So while the fluctuating weather often feels kind of crazy, it’s a craziness that is as almost as regular as the changing of the seasons.


Historically for the past two weeks, NORMAL high temperatures are in the upper 50s.  But the word NORMAL is kind of deceiving, because it makes it seem like high temperatures are USUALLY in the upper 50s.  You can think of the normal temperatures more like an average (technically, it’s not an exact average but it’s close enough for the purpose of this blog).   To get the average, you have some numbers that are above the average, some that are below the average, and some that fall right at average.

Thanks for reading and hopefully the rest of the week isn’t too crazy for you! -Pete Mangione


Storm Not Quite Done: Sunday Update

November 2nd, 2014 at 9:55 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s been a windy and wild past 24 hours and we still have to get through more wind and rain before we are completely done with this storm.  In fact, some snow flakes have been mixing with the rain this morning…we have received reports in Warren, Coventry,  and Greenville.  I also noticed some very light flakes mixing with the rain from our City Cam in Providence when we were on the air this morning.

Here is a look at some of the strongest wind gusts which occurred overnight:


As for what to expect for the rest of the day, here is a timeline:

Morning Until 1pM:

Showers (heavy at times will continue through about noon).  The showers will tend to be a bit heavier south and east of I-95.  Some snow will mix with the rain at times, although little to no accumulation is expected.  We will have to keep an eye on eastern Bristol County Mass and Plymouth County Mass into the early afternoon (Fall River, New Bedford, and points east)….these locations have a chance of getting a coating to an inch or 2 of snow.


Winds will continue to be strong, gusting between 30 and 45 mph.  Some additional isolated wind damage and power outages are possible.


1PM Until 7PM:

The showers (and snow mix) will start to move out from west to east.  Providence and points west should be done with the precipitation by early afternoon, areas east of Providence could hang onto it until 2 or 3 PM.


The gusts will continue to be busy with 30-40 mph gusts, although we will start to get on the low end of this range by 7PM.

It should be a dry kickoff for the Pats/Broncos, but dress in layers because the wind will make it FEEL like it’s in the 30s even though actual temperatures will be in the 40s around kickoff.  Winds will likely be gusting 30-40 mph at kickoff, and then 20-30 mph by the then of the game.  Therefore, the 2nd half may not be QUITE as affected (passing and kicking game) by the wind as the first half.

 After 7PM:

Although it will still be breezy, the rain/snow will be over and the wind will drop below advisory levels.  Into Monday morning, temperatures will drop to around freezing….bundle up Monday morning! -Pete Mangione



Weekend Wind/Rain Machine, Saturday Update

November 1st, 2014 at 8:52 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Data coming in this morning continues to show wind will be the biggest impact from this coastal storm.  However, rain will play a role as well.  Here is a timeline of what to expect:

Morning Through Noon:

Some showers will be moving through, but there will be plenty of time when it’s not coming down heavy (or not at all).  Bring the jacket if you are out doing errands: Temperatures will be in the 40s, but stiff breezes will make it FEEL like it’s in the upper 30s to around 40.  Here is a look at the wind gusts by noon.  They will be strong enough to blow your car door around a little bit in the parking lot, but not strong enough for any wind damage.



Noon Through 8PM: 

Showers will become more frequent and heavier at times.  Some localized street flooding is possible (especially in eastern Massachusetts), but we are not expecting a widespread flooding event.  The wind also increase from during this time.  Here is a look at winds gusts by 8PM.



Notice the wind gust range is now between 30-40 mph…with the strongest gusts from Newport to points east.  You will want 2 hands on the steering wheel if you are driving around tonight.  In addition, a few small tree limbs and loose Halloween decorations may be out there on the roads with you.


8PM Tonight to 8AM Sunday:

Showers will continue, heavy at times. By early Sunday morning, rainfall totals should range from 05. to 2.0 inches.

The strongest of the wind will also arrive.  Note gusts of over 50 mph are possible form the southeastern RI coast out towards Cape Cod.  If you are sleeping, don’t be surprised is some rattling windows wake you up!



Plymouth County and Cape Cod may see widespread power outages; our viewing are is more likely to get isolated pockets of wind damage and power outages.

Early Sunday morning, some snow flakes may mix with lingering rain showers, but at this point, we are not expecting accumulations.


Rest of Sunday:

Winds will continue to be gusty (3o to 40 mph).  Dress warmly if you are headed to the Pats game.  Temperatures will be in the low 40s at kickoff…but the wind will make it FEEL like it’s in the upper 20s to 30s!

Not as wild as Wednesday Night, but more wind/rain

October 23rd, 2014 at 6:37 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Last night was a wild night for weather! Strong wind gusts and thunderstorms brought down many branches; power was knocked out in several areas across RI and southeast Massachusetts.  There were also numerous reports of street flooding in Providence and across the rest of the state.  I have posted storm reports at the bottom of this blog.

For the rest of the day, expect strong winds to continue (gusts 30-40 mph).  For the most part, this won’t be strong  enough to create additional damage.  However, occasional downpours or thunderstorms are possible; and stronger wind gusts are possible underneath any of these storms.  Other then the occasional downpour, most of the rain will be light to moderate so I am not expecting widespread street flooding. -Pete Mangione

Courtesy of the SKYWARN network, here are some storm reports from last night:

Measured Wind Gust Reports:

Hull, MA: 60 MPH wind gust at 917 PM

Scituate, MA (Humarock Beach): 59 MPH wind gust at 924 PM/51 MPH gust at 724 PM/50 MPH Gust at 644 PM Winthrop, MA: 56 MPH Gust at 954 PM/52 MPH Gust at 939 PM/51 MPH gust at 737 PM Rockport, MA: 53 MPH Gust at 710 PM/51 MPH Gust at 625 PM Beverly, MA: 52 MPH Gust at 942 PM Bristol, RI: 51 MPH Gust at 820 PM Fall River, MA: 50 MPH Gust at 806 PM Marblehead, MA: 48 MPH gust at 809 PM/47 MPH Gust at 714 PM Charlestown, RI: 47 MPH Gust at 600 PM Fairhaven, MA (West Island South Point): 52 MPH Gust at 758 PM/50 MPH Gust at 743 PM/44 MPH gust at 713 PM Cohasset, MA: 46 MPH gust at 1055 PM Cambridge, MA: 46 MPH Gust at 602 PM Providence, RI: 46 MPH Gust at 848 PM Medford, MA: 42 MPH gust at 356 PM Sharon, MA: 42 MPH Gust at 830 PM North Grosvenor Dale, CT: 42 MPH Gust at 911 PM Barnstable (Marstons Mills), MA: 41 MPH Gust at 635 PM Newburyport, MA: 41 MPH Gust at 636 PM Wrentham, MA: 41 MPH Gust at 753 PM Middletown, RI: 40 MPH gust at 634 PM Hanover, MA: 40 MPH Gust at 810 PM


Wind Damage/Flood/Hail Reports:

555 PM: Beverly, MA: Large Tree down on Wires on Hale Street at Endicott College

600 PM: East Greenwich, RI: Tree down blocking road – Division Road

604 PM: Taunton, MA: Tree and Wires down on house on Danforth Street

612 PM: Salem, MA: medium sized Tree limb down on English Street

627 PM: Williamsburg, MA: Tree and Wires Down on Nash Hill Road

631 PM: West Peabody, MA: Large Branches down on Lake Street at Puritan Lawn Cemetary

633 PM: Brockton, MA: Tree down on North Quincy Street

644 PM: Lynnfield, MA: Large limb down blocking one road. Tree down on Brook and Salem Streets and Tree down on Chestnut Street

650 PM: Peabody, MA: Large limb down on car Route 114 west at Gardner Street

656 PM: 2 miles off Point Judith, RI: 53 foot tug Karen Jean had a distress call with 4 people rescued, barge sunk with undisclosed contents

658 PM: Haverhill, MA: Tree down on West Road

658 PM: Haverhill, MA: Tree and wires down on East Broadway

700 PM: Gloucester, MA: Tree and Power Pole down on Mount Pleasant Street

701 PM: Quincy, MA: Trees and Wires Down

709 PM: Ipswich, MA: Tree down on High Street and Tree down on Wires on Agrilla Road

715 PM: Boston, MA: Large Tree down on Washington Street

716 PM: Cambridge, MA: Large tree down blocking Memorial Drive. Tree down on Alewife Brook Parkway at Mass Avenue

718 PM: Marblehead, MA: Large Tree down on Auburndale at Humphrey street

720 PM: Lynn, MA: Large Limb Down on Ocean Street

725 PM: Beverly, MA: Large Limb down on wires on Madison Avenue

731 PM: Beverly, MA: Wires Down on Overland Road

732 PM: Lynnfield, MA: Large Limb down on Hutchins Circle

733 PM: Brookline, MA: Lancaster Terrace – Tree and Power lines down

736 PM: Fall River, MA: Several trees and limbs down

737 PM: Billerica, MA: Tree down on Treble Cove Road and Tree down on Middlesex Turnpike

737 PM: Peabody, MA: Tree down in the Bartholomew Street area

746 PM: Wenham, MA: Numerous trees and wires down

750 PM: Holbrook, MA: Tree limbs and power lines down on Juniper Road

757 PM: Wakefield, MA: Tree down on Aborn Avenue

757 PM: Roxbury, MA: Shirley Street – Tree down

757 PM: Lowell, MA: Tree down on Railroad tracks

804 PM: Beverly, MA: Wires down causing a tree fire on Nelson Avenue

805 PM: Belmont, MA: Tree and wires down on School Street at Bow Road

808 PM: Weymouth, MA: Whitman Pond area of Middle Street – Tree and Wires down

810 PM: Waltham, MA: 2 large trees down on waverly oaks road at shirley road

812 PM: Beverly, MA: Trees down on Cabot street, Columbus and Elliot Street, power outages on ellsworth avenue

814 PM: Dorchester, MA: Power lines down on Allston Street at Moultrie Street

814 PM: Ashland, MA: Tree down on 4 cars (all unoccupied) on Butterfield Drive

820 PM: Bristol, RI: Tree limbs down on Hope Street (Rte 114)

826 PM: Lynn, MA: Tree down on Maple Street into house and blocking road

829 PM: Fall River, MA: Wires sparking causing pole fire near Jerry Remy’s on Davol Street

830 PM: Natick, MA: Tree down blocking woodland road, Limb down on Boden and Oxbow

835 PM: Sharon, MA: Tree down blocking Aspen Road and tree down on Billings Street

836 PM: Norwood, MA: Tree down on Winter Street

836 PM: Westwood, MA: Trees and wires down scattered across town

836 PM: Sharon, MA: Tree down on Glendale Road

839 PM: West Peabody, MA: Telephone Pole down on Birch Street

843 PM: Manchester, MA: Multiple trees down scattered in town

844 PM: Foxboro, MA: Tree down on house puncturing the roof on Central Street

847 PM: Danvers, MA: Tree down blocking the road

850 PM: Carver, MA: Silva Street – Tree and wires down blocking road

854 PM: Natick, MA: Large Tree Limb down off West Central Street

854 PM: Peabody, MA: Large tree down against a house on Ruth Avenue

855 PM: Acushnet, MA: Limb down on wires on Peckham Road, large tree down on main street (rte 105) at the acushnet/rochester line blocking north bound side of road

857 PM: Dorchester, MA: 30 foot sailboat washed up on Morrisey Boulevard boat ramp with many small and large limbs down

903 PM: Ipswich, MA: power outages reported across a portion of town

906 PM: Warwick, RI: Multiple reports of pea sized hail including on Bald Hill Road by the Home Depot

907 PM: East Boston, MA: Wires down on Moore Street

909 PM: Chelsea, MA: Tree down on house Summit Avenue

915 PM: West Warwick, RI: Tree down on Natick Avenue

920 PM: New Bedford, MA: Tree down on a car on Acushnet Avenue

920 PM: Blackstone, MA: Tree down on house – no injuries

921 PM: Plymouth, MA: Tree down on Route 3a in Manomet Section, other reports of trees and wires down in town

921 PM: Plainville, MA: I-495 Northbound – Large tree down blocking breakdown lane and covering part of the right lane milemarker 35.2

921 PM: Westerly, RI: Tree down and power outage – Boombridge Road at Harwood

925 PM: Attleboro, MA: tree down on steer street blocking road, tree removed, Tree and wires on Car on Park Street at Wilmarth Street

925 PM: Duxbury, MA: Tree, pole and power lines down south street

929 PM: Foxboro, MA: Power lines down causing a transfromer fire on Spring Street

931 PM: Mansfield, MA: Tree down in backyard off Elm Street

938 PM: Coventry, RI: Perry Hill Road – Tree down blocking Road, Yale Drive – Power lines down

940 PM: Beverly, MA: Tree and wires into a house on lake shore drive

941 PM: Peabody, MA: Tree down blocking Surry Lane

941 PM: West Newbury, MA: Tree down on Wires on Moulton Street

942 PM: Boston, MA: Tree down on VFW Parkway and Centre Street

943 PM: Beverly, MA: Tree down on eliot at Cabot Street

944 PM: Brookline, MA: Tree down on wires on Simon Street

948 PM: Marshfield, MA: Tree down on School Street and power outage on Plain Street

950 PM: North Brookline, MA: Tree down with wires on stedman and beals street

951 PM: Medway, MA: Tree down on power lines

951 PM: Boston, MA: Tree down on fence on Paris Street. Wires down on parker hill by parker street

952 PM: Foxboro, MA: Large tree down on County Street

956 PM: Needham, MA: Tree down on High Gate Street and Hill crest

957 PM: Sherborn, MA; Tree down across road in the golding street area

959 PM: Providence, RI: Charles and Orms street by the Mariott Hotel, car stuck in flood waters

1000 PM: Quincy, MA: Hancock Terrace – Tree on house. Billings Street – Tree on car

1003 PM: Foxboro, MA: Tree down on house on Prospect Street

1004 PM: Stoneham, MA: Wires down on Pleasant and Gould Streets

1005 PM: Malden, MA: Tree and power lines down samett Street, malden mill road, tree down, mountain ave tree and power lines down, canopy blown over on Gilbert Street

1009 PM: West Greenwich, RI: Frye Pond road – Large tree and wires down

1012 PM: Coventry, RI: Laurel Avenue and Washington Street closed due to flooding

1012 PM: Jamaica Plain, MA: Tree down on Forest Hills Street

1014 PM: Charlestown, MA: Large branch down in Main Street

1016 PM: Hanson, MA: Tree down across East Washington Street

1023 PM: Billerica, MA: Tree down on Duncan Drive

1024 PM: Duxbury, MA: Trees and Wires down on Bow Street

1024 PM: Beverly, MA; Rantoul and Federal Streets – Tree down blocking street

1026 PM: Salem, MA: Large (12-18″) diameter limb down on Harmony Street

1027 PM: Wellesley, MA: Tree into a house possibly due to a lightning strike

1028 PM: Beverly, MA: Medium to large size tree down on Eliot Street

1027 PM: Brockton, MA: Tree down on 11 Irvington Street

1028 PM: Seekonk, MA: Tree down on Wires

1028 PM: Boston, MA: Tree down on multiple cars on Navoss Street, alocott street – tree down, willis street, tree down

1028 PM: Cambridge, MA: Tree down on Cambridge Street and Cardinal Medeiros avenue

1035 PM: Roslindale, MA: Tree down on multiple cars on Navarre Street off Canterbury

1035 PM: Braintree, MA: Tree into a house on the extended porche and broke the sky light – Oak Hill Road

1035 PM: Wellesley, MA: Tree blocking Route 16 near wellesley College

1041 PM: Westwood, MA: Tree into wires andhouse on Benvenu Street

1043 PM: Charlestown, MA: Tree fell on 2 cars – henley and main street

1043 PM: Bridgewater, MA; Windmere Way – Tree limbs down on power lines

1045 PM: Malden, MA: Preston Street – tree down, power outage in the area

1046 PM: Weymouth, MA: Harding Avenue – tree and wires down – road closed

1050 PM: South Boston, MA: Tree down on L Street

1051 PM: Providence, RI: Whipple Street – car stuck flood waters. Charles at Admiral Street flooded knee deep water

1053 PM: Cambridge, MA: Tree down on Irving Street

1059 PM: Milton, MA: Large tree down blocking blue hill avenue inbound at the mattapan line

1106 PM: Natick, MA: car stuck in flood waters on route 9 westbound

1106 PM: Natick, MA: Tree down on Grove Street

1110 PM: Scituate, MA: Haverly and Grove Street – trees and wires down

1110 PM: Canton, MA: Tree down across train tracks between canton junction and route 128.

1110 PM: Holbrook, MA: South Franklin Street (Route 37) – flooded out

1110 PM: Plymouth, MA: Warren Avenue at Plymouth Beach closed due to coastal flooding

1112 PM: Pembroke, MA: Trees down on Old washington Street and Elmer Street at Route 27

1114 PM: Hanover, MA: Winter Street – power outage in the area

1114 PM: Hull, MA: Standish Avenue between beacon hill and bluff road – tree down

1114 PM: Hull, MA: Atlantic Avenue – coastal flooding closing road

1114 PM: Marshfield, MA: Tree down on Ocean Street by the Duxbury line

1117 PM: Natick, MA: Car stuck in flood waters on north main street

1121 PM: Hingham, MA: Cushing Street just before Ward Street – Tree down

1128 PM: Hanover, MA: Large branch down on Pleasant Street

1129 PM: Dorchester, MA: Mellen Street/Ashmont Hill – One tree down damaging a car

1134 PM: Rockport, MA: Large tree down on house

1143 PM: Brookline, MA: Tree down by the Pierce School

1146 PM: Georgetown, MA: Tree down on Baldpate Road in area of the hospital

1147 PM: Scituate, MA; Small Tree Branch down on Indian Trail

1151 PM: Scituate, MA: Oceanside drive – water from the ocean into the house into the back door

1151 PM: Wellesley, MA: River Street – tree down

1159 PM: Plympton, MA: Primary Wires down with a pole fire on Main Street

1212 AM: Waltham, MA: Tree down on roof of a house – Colonial Avenue, Large Tree and Wires down on Beal and Main Street

1212 AM: Brockton, MA: Tree and Wires down on Cross Street

1213 AM: Plymouth, MA: Large tree down across River Street at Bramhalls Corner

1219 AM: Scituate, MA: Irving at Norwell – Tree down

1220 AM: Dorchester, MA: Mallet Street – blocked with a tree down

1220 AM: Natick, MA: Route 9 at Route 27 closed due to flooding, route 27 at washington street, car stranded by flood waters with water halfway up the hub caps

1229 AM: Raynham, MA: Route 138 near Carver Street – flooded slowing traffic. Center street to stoneybrook road flooded and slowing traffic

1232 AM: Marblehead, MA: Tree down on house on Dodge Road – boat has broken loose off its mooring in the water near the crestwood Road area

1239 AM: Marshfield, MA: 2 Trees and wires down blocking one lane of a road way on Union Street

1239 AM: Boston, MA: Tree down on John Alden Road

1240 AM: Hingham, MA: Tree down

1243 AM: Hanover, MA: Trees and Wires down

1247 AM: Middleboro, MA: Wareham Street at the Herring Run closed due to flooding – reopened at 200 AM

1250 AM: Raynham, MA: Darrington Road flooded over the sidewalk near Campbell Court

1256 AM: Peabody, MA: Roland Road impassable due to a tree down

105 AM: Marblehead, MA: intersection of Harbor and Nanepashemet streets has tree down blocking the road

135 AM: Brockton, MA: North Montello Street at Howard Street – car stuck in flood waters

137 AM: Winchester, MA: Large Branches down on Wildwood Street



Wednesday Afternoon Rainy Update

October 22nd, 2014 at 1:19 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Bristol County Massachusetts only.  This starts at 5PM and goes into Thursday morning.  This means that there is a potential for some street flooding, but there is no immediate threat.  Because of the position of the offshore storm, it looks like eastern areas will get the most rainfall.  That’s why at this point, Rhode Island is NOT included in this watch.


Even though Rhode Island is not included in this watch, ALL areas may get periods of moderate to heavy rain tonight into tomorrow morning.  When we have a lot of leaves on the ground, they can clog the drains and exacerbate any kind of flooding situation.  Therefore, please take it slow if you are on the road, especially later on tonight into the Thursday morning commute.  -Pete Mangione

Frost Advisory and Freeze Warning Tonight

October 19th, 2014 at 9:03 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As TJ mentioned in his previous blog post, some spots may see a hard freeze tonight.  The watches he mentioned have now turned into advisories and warnings; this means that we are becoming confident in these cold conditions actually occurring.

This will likely be the coolest night of the season with temperatures near or below freezing in some areas.  Here are the low temperatures expected overnight:


Notice the upper 20s in eastern Connecticut; I would not be surprised if some spots in Rhode Island and Bristol County Massachusetts also sneak into the upper 20s.

A FROST ADVISORY is in effect for Providence, the East Bay, the West Bay, and Newport County RI.  For all inland areas away from Narragansett Bay, a FREEZE WARNING is in effect.   Basically, if you are still trying to grow something, you are going to want to bring it inside or protect it.

Have a great Sunday and bring the jacket; this afternoon it will be windy with temperatures only in the mid 50s! -Pete Mangione


Three Questions about the Thursday Forecast

October 16th, 2014 at 3:05 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Rain has moved through with varying intensities this morning and early this afternoon.  As of mid-afternoon, TF Green has picked up about 0.50″ of rain and Smithfield is at 0.77″.   Eastern Connecticut was hit with a lot of rain this morning with total of around 2.30″ (Willimantic, CT).  Although we are under a Flash Flood Watch through this evening, it appears we have been able to avoid major flooding so far.

Here are three questions that you may have about the rest of the day and night:

How Much Total Rain?

Taking into account what has already hit the ground, I would expect most of us to end up close to the 1 inch mark.   Some areas may not quite make it to 1″, and other areas could get a little more.  In western RI, it’s possible there are some isolated areas that get closer to 2″.

What is the Evening Commute going to be like?

A lot of the rain may be pulling out around this time, but I would still expect a slow commute as the rain may not be completely turned off yet.  Areas west of I-95 may be left with just light off/on rain so the commute may not be as slow.  However, areas east of I-95 may still be dealing with showers and downpours which could slow things down. I think our Futurecast map showing the 5PM forecast does a pretty good job.



What about the Pats/Jets game?

Bring the raincoat or poncho if you are going to the game.  There will likely be rain (some of it heavy) for tailgating, but most of the rain should be over by kickoff.  That being said, some occasional showers are possible through out the game.  At least it won’t be that cold as temperatures should stay in the low to mid 60s for most of the game.


I would say the main hazard for the rest of the day will be hydroplaning….so drive with caution.  Have a great day and enjoy the game! -Pete Mangione