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Jan 2015 — One of the Snowiest January’s On Record

January 31st, 2015 at 10:42 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

We have records for January’s in Providence extending back to 1905.  That’s 110 January’s.  Anytime you crack the Top 10 in any weather category, it’s significant.

This past January was one of the snowiest on record.  In fact, it stands as the 5th snowiest January on record!

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Snow Accumulation Map

January 31st, 2015 at 7:43 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

This is subject to change, but here’s what I’m thinking right now regarding the upcoming winter storm.

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I’m expecting 9-14″ in the Providence metro area and areas to the north and west.  Toward the coast, there could be a mix of sleet with the snow.  This should keep accumulations down there.

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Winter Storm Warnings for Parts of Area

January 31st, 2015 at 3:51 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Parts of Southern New England are now under a Winter Storm Warning….mainly inland areas.  That’s where the highest confidence of significant accumulating snow exists.    The areas in pink will likely see mostly snow; although a bit of sleet is possible as far north as Providence.

Daily-Graphic-1_650x366In the southern portions of Southern New England, where there’s a Winter Storm Watch, there could be some mixing of sleet and rain.  This could keep accumulations down a bit…still, there is the possibility of a plowable snow to the south.

I’m still working on what to expect for snow accumulations, but the range will likely be 6-9″ at the coast to 9-14″ inland.

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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


This is what it’s all about

January 30th, 2015 at 2:28 pm by under General Talk

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This is it…this is what it’s all about. The Super Bowl trophy. Come Sunday night it will either belong to the Patriots or the Seahawks.

Both coaches talked today about their team preparations and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell discussed the big game. Hear the interviews tonight on Eyewitness News starting live at 5.


Steady Snow/Rain Tapers to Snow Showers this Afternoon

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

Steady light to moderate snow that has been reducing visibility and leading to slick surfaces this morning will continue into early afternoon before tapering to lighter and spottier snow showers for the afternoon and evening.   Here’s a look at the RPM model for this evening’s commute–still showing the potential for scattered snow showers.

RPM Simulated Radar for 5pm Friday

RPM Simulated Radar for 5pm Friday

Untreated surfaces will be slippery and damp.  temp 2 (mmuscatello v1)

Expect winds to strengthen and temperatures to rapidly drop this evening and tonight as a coastal storm develops and intensifies as it moves into the Gulf of Maine.  A rapid freeze of “wet” surfaces will be possible, leading to black ice and potentially treacherous conditions.  temp 1

Here’s a look at the temperatures trend through the evening: temp 3

Saturday morning’s lows will be in the single digits, with wind chills running 5-10 below zero.  Northwest wind gusts 35-45mph tomorrow, especially near the coast, will make for a frigid feel.

 

 


Another Moderate to High Impact Snowstorm Possible Monday

January 30th, 2015 at 10:43 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

With piles of snow across New England from this week’s blizzard and more snow falling this morning, it’s with a somewhat weary eye that we turn out attention towards another potential moderate to high impact snowstorm for late Sunday night into Monday.

New 12z Data is coming in this Friday morning, with a bulls eye over southern New England as the area that could be  hardest hit from another nor’easter on Monday.  While potentially a large snowstorm, it does not looks to be as slow-moving or intense as this week’s blizzard.

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RPM Outlook for 7am on Monday

Here’s some bullet points–:

Likelihood of a storm: high confidence

Enough to plow and shovel: moderate to high confidence

Potential for 6″ or moreModerate confidence

Precip type—Mostly snow.  There may be some rain/sleet for a brief time near the coast and Cape….  but it looks like primarily snow.

TIMING:  After midnight Sunday night through late afternoon on Monday.  Right now, heaviest looks to be from 2am to 2pm Monday.

Please check back for updates over the weekend as we continue to fine tune the forecast.


Snow Through the Rest of the Morning, Slow Travel Expected

January 30th, 2015 at 8:30 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Snow is blossoming across southern New England at 8am and will continue to track north and east, keeping fairly steady snow in our area over the next few hours.  In fact, the bulk of the accumulations we’re forecasting for today and tonight happen before noon today.  temp 1

As we’ve been mentioning for the last few days, this storm is more of a nuisance than a “major” event for us, but it is causing slow and slick travel for morning commuters with reduced visibility.  Allow for extra time heading into work/school.  Here’s a look at the accumulation map.temp 2

A few lingering snow showers and flurries are likely for the evening commute, too… but won’t be as widespread as what we’re seeing this morning.


Light Snow Returns Tonight

January 29th, 2015 at 9:02 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s been a frigid start to the day.   With the fresh, deep snow pack, light winds and clear skies, the temperatures at 6am in many valleys and sheltered areas were well below zero.  In fact, in some communities is was the coldest morning of the winter season so far!

Thursday 6am Temperatures

Thursday 6am Temperatures

Despite the frigid start, the temperatures this afternoon will recover nicely, with highs temperatures near 30° by 3pm.  And it won’t be nearly as cold tonight.  In fact, our computer models are showing temperatures holding steady or even rising a few degrees after midnight.  That’s as our next weather system moves in.  It’s a clipper system diving across the Great Lakes this morning that will develop into a strengthening coastal low near New England on Friday.  Clouds will thicken through the late afternoon and evening, with a chance of snow developing after midnight.

The snow may mix with rain near the coast and will continue through the day on Friday.

Light Snow, Mixing With Rain for the Morning Commute

Light Snow, Mixing With Rain for the Morning Commute

Snow may still be falling in spots for the evening commute and through late Friday night.

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Light Snow Continues Friday Evening

In the end, though, accumulations will be minor…. with highest totals northeast of Boston…. and just a coating to 2″ in RI and southeastern MA.

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Accumulations by Late Friday Night

The active weather pattern continues, with yet another ocean storm for Sunday night and Monday.  There’s still no consensus among our computer models as the to track.  Some model runs are showing the storm  completely missing our area and others are showing it close enough to deliver both accumulating snow as well as some sleet/rain.   It’s a larger storm and will need to be watched as we head into the weekend.  Please continue to check back for updates.


The NFL’s newest recruit

January 28th, 2015 at 2:20 pm by under General Talk

After making her catch at the NFL Experience we think Danielle might be getting some scouting calls.

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One of the main attractions of Super Bowl Central is the NFL Experience – where fans can test their football skills. This morning on Eyewitness News Danielle tried her hand at wide receiver.

How’d she do? Take a look:

 


Security top of mind at Super Bowl XLIX

January 28th, 2015 at 2:18 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, General Talk, Patriots, Super Bowl

With hundreds of thousands people expected to attend Super Bowl related events, security is definitely top of mind.

Steve Nielsen just got an update from security officials. He’ll have more on the steps they’re taking tonight on Eyewitness News at 10 and 11.

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Satellite Photo — Post Blizzard

January 28th, 2015 at 12:59 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Quick post….

Here’s an interesting satellite photo from NASA’s MODIS satellite instrument.  This camera gives us a high resolution, real look at the Earth.   We get pictures daily from MODIS.

In New England’s picture you can see some snow over Southeastern Massachusetts from the Blizzard.  Clouds are in the way of Rhode Island, but you can make out more snow in the mountains over Pennsylvania and New York.  Also, you can see the Finger Lakes in western New York.

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With tomorrow’s MODIS picture, we should be able to see the snow cover across all of New England.  We’re expecting a bright, sunny day.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

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It’s Official. It was a Blizzard.

January 28th, 2015 at 7:47 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Yes, we’ve been calling this recent snowstorm a “blizzard” since Sunday evening.  That’s because we were expecting blizzard conditions in all of Rhode Island.  Now, officially, that’s what we had according to the National Weather Service.   Here’s a picture I took of whiteout conditions in Seekonk late Monday morning.

Whiteout conditions in Seekonk, MA

Whiteout conditions in Seekonk, MA

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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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-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo


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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Phoenix is buzzing with activity

January 26th, 2015 at 3:48 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, General Talk, Patriots, Super Bowl
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Danielle North working on her story for Eyewitness News at 5:30

 

We’ve been in Arizona for about 16 hours and aside from the 3 or 4 hours of sleep we’ve gotten we haven’t really had the chance to stop until now. And, we’re not the only ones. Phoenix is definitely a city buzzing with activity.  (more…)


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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WIND

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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