T.J. Del Santo

Top 4 Snowstorm for Providence

January 28th, 2015 at 5:25 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

After an additional 0.6″ of snow fell Tuesday evening, TF Green Airport finished with 19.1″ of snow for this storm.  That ranks the Blizzard of 2015 at number 4 all-time for snowstorms.

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Only the Blizzards of 1978, 2005 and 1996 rank higher.

Official records have been kept for winters in Providence since 1904.  Currently, records are kept at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Blizzard of 2015 is a Top 5 Snowstorm for Providence

January 27th, 2015 at 7:19 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 7PM Tuesday, 18.5″ of snow has fallen from the Blizzard of 2015.   That puts this storm at #5 all time in Providence…and it’s still snowing!!!

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While it’s very doubtful that we will get to #1 on the list, we could move up to #4 with just another 0.6″ of snow.  It’s possible that could be achieved before the snow stops tonight.

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-Meteorologist. T.J. Del Santo

 


Blizzard Evolution

January 27th, 2015 at 6:43 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Check out this beautiful picture from NASA of the Blizzard.  This was taken at 5:30PM.

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Snowfall Records Broken

January 27th, 2015 at 4:49 pm by under General Talk

No, the ultimate snowstorm record of 28.6″ set in 1978 was not broken.  Instead, daily snowfall records have been smashed — records for snowfall on January 27th.

In Providence, 14.2″ of snow has fallen so far today.  That breaks the old record of 6.7″ for the date set back in 2011.

In Worcester, 28.4″ of snow has fallen so far at the city airport.  The old record was 11″, also set back in 2011.

And in Boston at Logan Airport, 18.5″ of snow fell today.  That smashes the old record of 8.8″ set in 2011.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Historical Snowfall

January 27th, 2015 at 4:24 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Just in….26.5″ of snow in Burillville, and it’s still snowing!

We’ve had a band of heavy snow moving through northern Rhode Island, producing snowfall rates of 1-2″ per hour.

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All of southeast New England will see snow, heavy at times.   Winds will still be gusting between 40 and 50mph in RI, higher over Southeast Massachusetts.

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Blizzard of 2015 – A Top 10 snowstorm for Providence

January 27th, 2015 at 2:15 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 2 p.m., T.F. Green Airport in Warwick has received 17.3″ of snow from the Blizzard of 2015.  That puts this storm in the Top 10 of all snowstorms for Providence.

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We do anticipate another 1″ to 3″ of snow for Warwick, where the airport is located. With just another 1.1 inches of snow, this storm could  end up as a Top 5 snow storm for Providence.

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The ‘granddaddy’ of all snowstorms for Rhode Island is, of course, the Blizzard of 1978. I don’t anticipate that much snow to fall this time.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Hurricane Wind Warning

January 27th, 2015 at 12:18 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Wind Warning for Rhode Island Sound, Buzzards Bay and the waters adjacent to eastern Massachusetts.

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This is not for sustained winds, but rather for gusts.  Obviously, mariners should remain in port through Tuesday.  We have already seen gusts to 77mph on Nantucket, and these dangerous winds are expected to expand into Rhode Island waters.

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New Weather Camera

January 27th, 2015 at 12:12 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

For the duration of this blizzard, we have a new camera we’ll be showing you during our time on air.

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It’s in the Weather Yard! Each dark black line on the yard stick is 6inches.  We’re anticipating the snow to get half way up that yard stick.  It’ll be interesting to watch.  We’ll show a time lapse of the snow accumulation for the duration of the storm.

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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Thundersnow!

January 26th, 2015 at 10:26 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We just got two reports of thundersnow — that’s thunder within a snow storm.  Yup, it can happen.  Snowfall rates have been 1-3″ per hour here in Southern New England.  It’s within these intense snow bands that we get the thundersnow.

In Fall River and Riverside is where our thundersnow reports originated.

Live Pinpoint Doppler Radar continues to show intense snow bands working into Southern New England.

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Winds are Picking Up

January 26th, 2015 at 9:29 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The winds are starting to strengthen in Southern New England.  We’re seeing wind gusts to 55mph on Nantucket and 43mph on Block Island….all from the northeast.  Here’s the wind gust map from 9:30PM…

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Snow Intensity Picking Up

January 26th, 2015 at 8:48 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The heavier snow has overspread Southeast New England.

As of 8:40PM, moderate to heavy snow is confined to RI and Southeast Massachusetts, and headed westward into Connecticut.

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7PM Radar Check

January 26th, 2015 at 7:14 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

At 7pm, we were tracking an intense band of snow spiraling into southern RI.  Within this band, expect snowfall rates of 1-3″ per hour.   Visibilities will also drop significantly.

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Expect more of these heavy bands to spin through Southern New England through the evening.

Some accumulations so far:

  • 1.5″ Narragansett
  • .75″ Westerly
  • 1.5″ Wakefield

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Coastal Flood Advisory in Rhode Island

January 26th, 2015 at 4:58 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

There will be a brief period tonight when coastal flooding could become an issue.  High tide is at 1:03AM.  An hour either side of that time of high tide we could get coastal flooding along the shoreline of South County and on Block Island.

A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect for eastern Massachusetts where moderate to major coastal flooding is possible.

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Monday Evening Update

January 26th, 2015 at 4:42 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Snow will continue to overspread the area this evening.  Bands of heavier snow to our south will push through Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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Blizzard – Late Sunday Evening Update

January 25th, 2015 at 11:43 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We are still expecting a major nor’easter to cause huge disruptions in Southern New England.   From Monday evening through Tuesday, snow and wind will create many problems in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Again, plan for widespread power outages which could last for several days.

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Using weather history and computer model consensus, I’ve fine-tuned the accumulation map.  Historically with these slow-moving systems, northern Rhode Island sees the most snow.  Computer model information also continues to show heavy snow over southeastern Massachusetts.   In addition, bands of snow over Connecticut and Worcester County, MA could bring snow totals close to 30inches!

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Winds over Block Island, Cape Cod and the Islands could approach hurricane force (74mph).   In Rhode Island, northeasterly wind gusts could be between 50-60mph.

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Potentially Historic Storm

January 25th, 2015 at 8:49 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

You may have heard it mentioned that this could be an historic storm.  I’ve even mentioned it, in fact.  To be historic, it has to land in the Top 10 snow storms.  Better yet, it should land in the top 5.

Our forecast is for a widespread 15-30″ for Rhode Island.  Here’s the Top Ten Snow Storms for Providence….I’m thinking we land in the top 3 with this week’s blizzard.

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Blizzard Update – Sunday Evening

January 25th, 2015 at 8:10 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We are tracking a crippling and potentially historic snow storm.   It’s a long duration storm, one that will last for nearly 36hours and one that could go into the top 5 storm of all time for Rhode Island.

Here’s what I’m expecting…

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Blizzard Warning

January 25th, 2015 at 4:18 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A Blizzard Warning is in effect for all of Rhode Island, Eastern Massachusetts and all of Connecticut.

This means that blizzard conditions are expected between 7 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. Wednesday. This, obviously, will be a prolonged storm. Expect heavy snow (1 to 2 feet), damaging winds and very poor visibility. The poor visibility will be due to the combination of snow and wind as well as blowing and drifting snow.

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Major Nor’easter for Tuesday

January 24th, 2015 at 10:57 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We’ve been tracking the potential for snow on Tuesday for almost a week now.   This past Tuesday, the computer models indicated a major storm was possible for the following Tuesday.  That signal for a whopper-of-a-storm was temporarily lost.  This happens in computer modelling, and meteorologist know it.  Now, a major Nor’easter is once again showing up…and on every single computer model we look at.  The impacts from each model are all the same — blizzard-like conditions.

Below is the European computer model’s position of the low center on Tuesday evening and some of the implied impacts from this storm.

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Some Additional Snow This Evening

January 24th, 2015 at 5:13 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

More accumulating snow  is expected this evening.   An additional coating to 2″ of the white stuff is possible, the most falling over inland Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Using Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Radar, I’m tracking steady snow to our west which has been expanding as it has been heading eastward.

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High resolution computer models indicate that this snow should be exiting Rhode Island between 8 and 9PM.  This is the RPM model, showing the back edge of the snow moving through RI and into southeast Massachusetts.

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Saturday’s Storm Update

January 23rd, 2015 at 12:59 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The newest round of computer model data is still coming into the forecast center.  The storm still looks like it will bring a mixed bag into Southern New England, but it’s a very tricky forecast.  Slight wobbles in the track and slight variations in the intensity could create big changes to this forecast.

The biggest question we have is:  how cold will the low levels be?  Temperatures at the ground and a few thousand feet above our heads could fluctuate just enough so that we see precipitation go back and forth between rain/snow/sleet through much of the day.

After looking at the latest data, I’ve changed the forecast a bit for northern Rhode Island.  I’m thinking rain/freezing rain will be able to make it up to the Mass Pike a little earlier, cutting down on accumulations in Rhode Island.

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Below are basic breakdowns of the precipitation type and amounts on timelines for both Woonsocket and Providence.  The heaviest of the precip will fall between 9AM and 2PM.  Also during this time, we could be seeing the rain mix with snow and sleet, even in Providence.

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Saturday’s Storm Update

January 23rd, 2015 at 7:10 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Saturday’s storm will bring a messy mixture of precipitation:  snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain.  Most areas will see a changeover to rain, but a plowable snow is likely across parts of RI.  Roads will likely be messy everywhere on Saturday.  Please drive with extra caution.

At 6:30AM, our storm was organizing over the Southeast United States, tapping moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific as it strengthens.

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That storm will strengthen and rapidly intensify as it moves from the Carolinas to the Canadian Maritimes on Saturday.  It will undergo a process called “bombogenesis” where the central pressure of the storm drops 24mb in less than 24hours.  While it will be a pretty potent storm, it will be moving too quickly to produce very large snow amounts.

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Bit of Snow on Thursday

January 20th, 2015 at 3:09 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Although it won’t be a major storm, we could be seeing a bit of snow Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  It could be enough to create some slick spots, too.   Generally a coating of snow will fall, but a maximum of one inch could fall in some spots.

An Alberta Clipper will work across the Midwest on Wednesday.  As it does so, an area of low pressure will develop off the North Carolina coastline.  This low moves northeast Wednesday night and Thursday morning, passing southeast of New England.

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Black Ice Potential Monday Morning

January 18th, 2015 at 11:30 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As the rain heads out of Southern New England, colder temperatures will return.  Temperatures will fall into the 30s overnight in Providence.

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Areas north and west of Providence could get temperatures at or below freezing toward dawn.  With moisture on the roads from the rain, we could see some ice.  Any untreated surfaces could be icy.  Please drive and walk with extra caution.

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Special Weather Statement from NWS

January 18th, 2015 at 8:39 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service:

...STRONG FRONT MOVING ACROSS BRISTOL...ESSEX...PLYMOUTH...NORFOLK...
EASTERN WORCESTER...SUFFOLK...MIDDLESEX...BRISTOL...NEWPORT...EASTERN
KENT...NORTHEASTERN WASHINGTON AND PROVIDENCE COUNTIES...

AT 820 PM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A
STRONG FRONT ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR ROYALSTON TO 22 MILES 
EAST OF BLOCK ISLAND...AND WAS MOVING NORTH AT 50 MPH.

WIND GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH CAN BE EXPECTED AHEAD OF THIS FRONT.

THOSE PEOPLE OUTDOORS IN FOXBOROUGH ARE IN THE PATH OF THESE STORMS AND SHOULD PREPARE FOR STRONG WINDS AND TORRENTIAL RAINFALL BETWEEN 845 PM TO 930 PM.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL WAS OCCURRING ALONG THIS FRONT. MINOR URBAN AND
POOR DRAINAGE FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED
ROADS.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

8PM Radar Check

January 18th, 2015 at 8:13 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 8pm, a thin line of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds was working through parts of Rhode Island.  Brief street flooding and poor drainage flooding is possible with this rain.  Arrival time in Foxboro is between 8:30 and 9:15PM.

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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Tracking Heavy Rain This Evening

January 18th, 2015 at 6:15 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Sunday evening update:

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We’re tracking a line of heavy downpours with some embedded thunderstorms moving from CT through Long Island.  This line is headed east-northeastward and is expected to move through our area between 7 and 10PM.

Cloud to surface lightning is well south of New England, but some cloud-to-cloud lightning is possible.

Strong winds and heavy rain is expected in our area between 7 and 10pm.  Localized street and poor drainage flooding is possible.   Please keep the speeds down while driving.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


Bitterly Cold Air Arrives Late Friday

January 16th, 2015 at 9:21 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Another blast of cold air from the North Pole is headed our way…ETA is late afternoon.

As of 9AM, another Arctic front was moving through Upstate New York.  Snow showers and snow squalls were scattered all over New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania.

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Rain, Some Wintry Precip on Monday

January 11th, 2015 at 7:27 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We are expecting another round of precipitation on Monday, but there shouldn’t be a lot in the way of wintery stuff.Temperatures will slowly rise through the night to between 30 and 35° by dawn.   Ahead of an area of low pressure, we’ll see a few rain showers during the morning commute (mainly after 7am).

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Some of those rain showers may fall into a layer of freezing temperatures, which will mainly be in areas north and west of Providence.  Any showers should be fairly spotty, and not everyone will see them.   Any ice accumulation should only be about a coating.

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Early Afternoon Update

January 9th, 2015 at 12:43 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 12:30PM, the snow has moved out of the Providence metro area.  The back edge of this snow will work through Southeastern Massachusetts through 1:30PM.

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