We’re continuing to track the development of an east coast storm that will create difficult travel conditions from DC to New England on Wednesday and Wednesday night. As is often the case with early season winter storms…. a variety of precipitation types are expected across Rhode Island and Southeastern MA, making the accumulation forecast challenging.
WINTER STORM WATCH has been expanded to include western Kent County, RI. Watch means there is the potential for 6″ or more of snow. Winter Storm Warning now for western MA, NW CT.
HIGH WIND WATCH issued for Block Island and the eastern MA coast, including the Cape and Islands. Northerly winds late Wednesday afternoon into early Wednesday night could gusts to 60mph. Isolated wind damage and power outages are possible.
TIMING THE STORM
8am: Rain Overspreading the Area
2PM-10PM Height of the storm–Heavy Rain/Wet Snow, Strong north-northeast winds
Overnight: Storm moves out… snow tapers off to a few lingering flurries/sprinkles by morning.
WED. MORNING: OK–rain moves in and quickly turns steady. Roadways are “wet”, temperatures in the upper 30s.
WED. AFTERNOON: Iffy—Rain/snow mix—rain near the coast. Snowfall could be turning heavy, mainly for northwest RI where snow will start to accumulate by late afternoon. Near the coast, heavy rain and gusty winds will continue
WED. EVENING: Poor–snow, wind and rain will be coming down heavy with roadways becoming snow-c0vered and slick and the visibility will be poor at times.
THURSDAY: Good–Watch for some slick spots early morning with temperatures below freezing, otherwise the day looks dry, chilly and good for heading to Grandma’s.
Our accumulation forecast remains essentially the same from yesterday evening. Little to no snowfall accumulation near the coast; 1-3″ for areas away from the shore with the highest amounts of 3-6″ expected north and west of I-295. As Tony mentioned last night there will be a rain/snow line that sets up over southern New England, representing the boundary between snow to the north and rain to the south and east. That line will likely fluctuate over central RI and Bristol County MA through the afternoon. The exact track and intensity of the storm will help determine where that line sets up…. accumulation amounts may still need to be adjusted over the next 24 hours, so please check back for updates.