The rain started falling earlier today and it will keep up for a good part of the weekend. Here is a timeline:
8PM to 12AM: Rain continues with some heavy periods of rain possible. If you have Saturday night plans, you don’t have to cancel them but use caution; puddles on the roads and highways will create a risk of hyrdoplaning.
Sun. 12AM to 8AM: This is when I expect the heaviest of the rain to be falling. A soaking, steady rain will have a few downpours mixing in as well. Small streams and poor drainage areas on the roads have the potential of minor flooding.
Sun. 8AM to Monday AM: While there will be some lulls in the heavy rain, it never completely turns off. Expect drizzle and showers to be off and on into the afternoon, night, and Monday morning. Small streams, rivers, and poor drainage areas will still have to be monitored.
Grand totals by Monday Morning: 1.5 to 3 inches.
We will be on the air and online with more updates through out the weekend! -Pete Mangione
After a mostly rain-free Saturday morning, things will start to change this afternoon into Monday.
Some initial showers are possible from 11AM to 2PM. These will start in southwestern areas first (around Westerly) and spread to the northeast. Most of these showers should be light, and not everyone will get them during this time frame.
From 2PM to 8PM, the showers will come down at light to moderate levels. Bring the umbrella or rain jacket with you if you are headed outdoors.
From 8PM into Sunday, some pockets of heavy rain will be moving through. 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible; this will lead to the possibility of some minor street flooding. While it won’t be great on the roads for most of this weekend, an especially bad time could be Sunday morning. Sunday morning is when the rain will be coming down the hardest with potential ponding on the roads.
From Sunday night into Monday, some additional rain is likely. Grand totals for rain by Monday morning could range from 2 to 4 inches.
I will be posting more updates through out the weekend! -Pete Mangione
1. How do you go from declaring yourself the next House speaker late on a Saturday night to dead in the water by Sunday dinner? The rapid collapse of the leadership team led by Reps. Michael Marcello and Chris Blazejewski had a lot of lawmakers scratching their heads this week, but the consensus seems to be that once the union-backed Woonsocket delegation and most of the Republican caucus moved to Rep. Nick Mattiello, the battle was over. “When they had all those people in room on Sunday night, that’s when the floodgates opened,” Rep. Patrick O’Neill told WPRI.com. So could it have gone differently? We know Rep. Doreen Costa – the new vice chair of the Judiciary Committee – said she simply couldn’t back a team that was supported by so many liberal lawmakers because “the progressive movement is very dangerous.” For his case, O’Neill, who fought until the end for Marcello, said the group considered several different leadership combos – including offering Rep. John DeSimone one of the top two spots – but “we went all-in on Marcello and Blazejewski on Saturday.” That’s why it was so disappointing to see Blazejewski and some of the others end up voting for Mattiello, according to O’Neill. Blazejewski chalked his vote up to “my belief that egos shouldn’t get in the way” of moving the state forward, a comment that irked more than a few of his colleagues. “That’s just very disappointing,” O’Neill said.
2. Do not miss Ted Nesi’sdeep-dive on new Speaker Nick Mattiello to understand what his promotion will mean for Rhode Island. While you’re at it, make sure you read Providence Journal reporter Katherine Gregg’shour-by-hour rundown of how Mattiello put together his team while Rome was burning last week.
Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca…
Most of weekend looks wet, however it will stay dry most of Saturday morning. A developing storm this evening over Texas will tap into some moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. That storm will track towards our area Saturday evening and into Sunday and Monday. Storm will be off the Mid Atlantic coast Saturday Night bringing heavier rain to Southern New England . Our RPM computer model (below) is hinting at 2 to 3″ of rain with isolated 4 inch amounts possible.
Storm Position Saturday Night
Rain Amounts From RPM Model….Rain Totals By Sunday 6PM
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Louis A. DeQuattro Jr., the R.I. Department of Business Regulation’s executive counsel and deputy director for the Division of Regulatory Standards, Compliance and Enforcement, has been placed on administrative leave, WPRI.com has learned.
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Congressman David Cicilline said Friday he has not yet spoken with former House Speaker Gordon Fox since lsat week’s stunning FBI raids on Fox’s home and office, but called the federal probe swirling around his longtime friend “very sad.”
“I think it’s very sad for our state obviously [and] sad for Gordon’s family,” Cicilline said during a taping of WPRI 12′s Newsmakers. “I’ve always known him to be a serious legislator, but this is obviously a very sad set of circumstances.”
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Fast-growing Rhode Island jewelry manufacturer Alex and Ani LLC is apparently considering whether to go public.
Alex and Ani has begun searching for a new director of reporting, who would be hired to “manage internal and external” U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosures and to draft “complete SEC registration statements and filings, including Forms S-1, 10-K and 10-Q,” according to a recent job posting.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – One of the members of the leadership team chosen by Rhode Island’s new speaker of the House has been facing scrutiny over his campaign finance filings since 2012, according to the R.I. Board of Elections.
Rep. Joseph Almeida, D-Providence, was chosen as the new House deputy majority whip by incoming Speaker Nicholas Mattiello on Tuesday. Officials at the elections board said claims against Almeida, a South Providence Democrat, were referred to the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office for prosecution in January, following more than a year of correspondence with the lawmaker.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The pension plan in Rhode Island’s capital city has outperformed the state’s fund since Democratic rivals Mayor Angel Taveras and Treasurer Gina Raimondo took office, the city’s longtime financial consultants said Thursday.
The analysis, conducted by Boston-based Wainwright Investment Counsel, shows Providence’s $284 million in investments earned a 10.9% return between 2011 and 2013, while the state pension fund earned a 9.2% return during the same time period.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – It didn’t take long for newly minted Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to put his imprint on the R.I. House of Representatives.
A day after the 75-member House overwhelmingly voted him to lead the chamber, Mattiello named Rep. Raymond Gallison chairman of the Finance Committee and Rep. Cale Keable chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the first in what is expected to be a slew of changes announced in the coming days.
Amazing spring-time storm. First take a look at this visible satellite picture of the storm. This is courtesy of NOAA.
You can make out the classic comma-shape to the storm. In addition, you can see a swirl of clouds into the center of the circulation – even an eye-like feature near the center. The system continues to undergo the “bombogenesis” process — that’s where the central pressure drops at least 24mb in 24 hours. This storm has nearly doubled that! At 8am, the central pressure was nearly 965mb. In comparison, Hurricane Bob was 964mb when it blew through Newport, back in 1991!!!
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – State Rep. Nicholas Mattiello was overwhelmingly voted speaker of the Rhode Island House Tuesday, just five days after state and federal investigators executed two search warrants that targeted former Speaker Gordon Fox’s East Side home and State House office.
“I hoped some day to be speaker of this House,” Mattiello said while addressing House lawmakers Tuesday, “I never expected such a stunning and rapid turn of events. There is no time for transition. To say that I am hitting the ground running is a vast understatement.”
“If he does half of what he’s promising, the state is in a different direction,” Republican Rep. Joe Trillo said. “The ship has totally turned around and we’re going down the path and we’re going down the path of making it more business-friendly.”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – State Rep. Michael Marcello said Tuesday he has conceded the race for speaker of the R.I. House, a day after Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello declared he had earned the support of the “overwhelming” number of the 75-member House.
Marcello, D-Scituate, said he called Mattiello to congratulate him on the victory, but indicated he still intends to submit his name for nomination “out of respect for the process and for those representative who share my reform agenda platform” when the House convenes Tuesday afternoon.
We are still expecting a tremendously powerful storm to pass well southeast of New England early Wednesday. As I type, it is undergoing a rapid intensification process called bombogenesis. That’s a pressure drop of 24 millibars in 24 hours. This storm will almost double that pressure drop! Super bombogenesis! While it will be well offshore, it will still be close enough to give us some snow and very strong winds.
Here’s the breakdown….
We’ll see the snow develop around midnight tonight, and as the storm gets a little closer, we’ll see the snow get steadier and heavier. The heaviest of the snow will stay offshore, but Cape Cod will get quite a wallop. During the morning commute on Wednesday, the snow could be falling heavily at times. The snow tapers off by around noon in Rhode Island, but it will linger longer over the Cape. Winds pick up late tonight and remain strong and gusty through Wednesday.
There will be many impacts due to the snow and wind. The most severe of the impacts will be over the Cape and Islands where blizzard conditions are expected.
We know one thing he’s not: a liberal. Mattiello and Elizabeth Warren may be members of the same political party, but the “D” after their names is about all they have in common. As Republican Rep. Doreen Costa told WPRI.com’s Dan McGowan on Sunday: “He’s not a progressive Democrat.”
Yet that doesn’t necessarily make Mattiello a conservative. A lot depends on how you define the term, and how you adapt it to the odd politics of Rhode Island. His critics on the left do define him that way: Tom Sgouros, writing Monday on the Rhode Island’s Future blog, described the 50-year-old Cranston Democrat as the latest in a line of conservative Democrats who’ve controlled the General Assembly – and, via the speaker’s office, the Rhode Island Democratic Party – “for decades.”
Certainly, though, Mattiello isn’t a movement conservative or a Tea Party activist. If anything, he seems motivated less by ideology than a desire not to rock the boat too much. Anchor Rising’s Justin Katz smartly described Mattiello’s coalition as a “relatively conservative, but mostly establishment, bloc.”
Indeed, Mattiello seems to be basically a business-friendly centrist – a creature of the Chamber of Commerce consensus. In some states he’d be a moderate Republican; in Rhode Island, he’s a moderate Democrat.
Good Evening From chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca….
Here is the latest thinking….of all the Winter storms this season, we are most cautious with this next one….why?
The storm is expected to be very intense with the the worst of the snow and damaging wind confined to Cape Cod and Islands and just offshore. However a slight shift in storm track closer to coast would bring more of a significant impact from New Bedford to Providence….bottom line…stay tuned. Below is our snowfall forecast by Wednesday Noon. Notice the 6 to 10 inch forecast for the Cape is only 50 to 70 miles away from Rhode Island. Any shifts in the storm track further west will make a big difference.
Tony Petrarca…..live updates on Fox Providence at 10pm and Channel 12 Eyewitness News at 11pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Gov. Lincoln Chafee expressed confidence Monday that the Rhode Island House will be able to move on from the sudden resignation of Speaker Gordon Fox, as House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello took further steps to consolidate his support.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – When former R.I. House Speaker Gordon Fox leaves office later this year, it is unclear how he’ll manage a personal campaign account that currently contains more than $200,000.
State law allows former elected officials and candidates to continue to use campaign funds for political purposes, donations to charity and in some cases, legal fees until the account is drawn down and dissolved, according to Richard Thornton, the R.I. Board of Elections’ director of campaign finance.
With House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello confident that he has the votes to become speaker on Tuesday, political insiders are buzzing about a different question: what happens to Frank Anzeveno?
Anzeveno, a 55-year-old former state representative from North Providence, has been one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes State House powerbrokers for more than 12 years, serving as chief of staff to House Speakers John Harwood, William Murphy and now Gordon Fox since July 2001.
But Anzeveno has also been a controversial figure, particularly in recent years when some Democratic lawmakers privately argued he was wielding too much power and working to undermine them politically. Mattiello himself has clearly signaled he may bring in someone new.
“Frank Anzeveno, and a team of people that work for him who have been a disease in the State House, will not be there very, very soon, and that alone will change this state more than anything else could,” state Rep. Spencer Dickinson, D-South Kingstown, told WPRI.com on Monday morning. Dickinson said his confidence that Mattiello will replace Anzeveno is a key reason he’s backing the majority leader for speaker.
This upcoming storm is a very unusual storm for March, but certainly not unprecedented. The arrival of bitterly cold air into Southern New England Sunday night will help to create this very powerful storm. The worst of the snow/wind is expected to remain to the east of Rhode Island.
Here we will discuss, the Watches in place as well as the potential impacts the storm will have on us…including snow accumulations.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Newport County in Rhode Island and Bristol and Plymouth Counties in Massachusetts. A Blizzard Watch is in effect for Cape Cod and the Islands.
In this case, a Winter Storm Watch means that there is the potential for 6″ or more of snow in the areas in blue above. The combination of strong winds and a period of heavy snow could create difficult driving conditions late Tuesday and Wednesday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello announced after a closed-door caucus of lawmakers Sunday evening that he has the support of at least 46 of his colleagues to become speaker in the wake of Gordon Fox’s unexpected resignation.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello, a leading candidate to succeed Gordon Fox as speaker, has called a caucus of Democratic lawmakers for Sunday afternoon to take a test vote on who should become the chamber’s new leader.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Nicholas Mattiello isn’t the only state representative who believes he has the votes to be the next speaker of the House.
Michael Marcello, D-Scituate, said Saturday he has assembled a team that would include him as speaker, Rep. Chris Blazejewski, D-Providence, as majority leader, and keep Rep. Stephen Ucci, D-Johnston, in his role as majority whip. Helio Melo, D-East Providence, would remain chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – House Speaker Gordon Fox announced Saturday afternoon he will resign as speaker following Friday’s stunning law-enforcement raids on his home and State House office, plunging Rhode Island politics further into sudden turmoil.
Fox’s resignation immediately set off more speculation – already in high gear – about who will succeed him as speaker. House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello, D-Cranston, reiterated that he will seek the office on a ticket with Rep. John DeSimone, D-Providence, as his majority leader.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – House Speaker Gordon Fox spoke publicly Saturday for the time since law-enforcement officials raided his home and State House office Friday morning, but declined to comment on the status of the investigation.
Happy Saturday! Here’s an abbreviated edition of my weekend column after one of the most dramatic Fridays in recent Rhode Island history – as always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to email@example.com. For quick hits all week long, follow @tednesi.
1. You could almost feel the shock wave ripple through Rhode Island’s political class around 11 a.m. Friday when news broke that state and local law enforcement officials were searching Gordon Fox’s State House office and East Side home. For all the bad coverage Fox has garnered over the years – PEDP, 38 Studios, GTECH – Friday’s action was a stunningly high-profile move against Rhode Island’s most powerful politician by investigators from the state police, the FBI and the IRS. It’s hard – very hard – to see how Fox can survive as speaker after such a blow to his stature, unless it’s quickly made clear he’s not the target of the investigation. Assuming Fox is on the way out, the coming days and weeks are going to be very consequential ones for Rhode Island.
2. I asked Tim White, an expert on law enforcement, to explain exactly what happened Friday and what to expect next: “Before federal and state investigators could even move in on the State House, they had to convince a judge that they had the authority to do so. Detectives and agents presented evidence to a federal judge to get the permission to execute a search warrant on the State House, and what we believe to be a second search warrant on Gordon Fox’s home. You use a warrant because you think someone’s going to say no. You can always ask permission to get information that you’re looking for, but if you have a judge’s OK – that is, a warrant – you have the authorization to go in and take it. In my job, the most interesting thing about warrants (which in this case we’ll only get if they’re eventually unsealed) isn’t what they find, but what they told the judge they wanted to look for. The affidavit to obtain the search warrant is basically a mini-case that tells a judge what they’ve discovered so far in an investigation, and that is truly telling. It might tell us who is cooperating with investigators; it might tell us what they’ve found so far; and certainly it will tell us the motive for wanting the warrant. And of course that warrant wasn’t to break down just any door – it was a door in one of the most historic buildings in the state, leading into the office of arguably the most powerful politician in the state. The big question is, when do we get to see what’s on the search warrant? And the answer is, we probably won’t see the search warrant unless someone is charged. That’s when these things usually become public. But that day – if it ever comes – is probably at least weeks away if not longer.”
3. From WPRI.com reporter Dan McGowan, a look at what happens next: “Investigators were only at the beginning of their six-hour raid on Gordon Fox’s State House office when his colleagues began putting the wheels in motion to discuss a potential replacement for the speaker in the event that he tenders his resignation. One of the factions is led by House Majority Leader Nick Mattiello, who convinced at least 25 lawmakers to attend a closed-door meeting at the Providence Marriott Friday evening. The Cranston Democrat said he’s ‘confident’ he has the votes to be the next speaker if Fox decides to resign, but told reporters he had not talked with Fox. The question now is who else wants to be top dog in the House? We know a separate group of lawmakers that included Reps. Mike Marcello, D-Scituate, Patrick O’Neill, D-Pawtucket, John Lombardi, D-Providence, and Greg Costantino, D-Lincoln, met at Venda Ravioli in Providence, but it’s unclear who called the meeting. It’s also widely believed that Majority Whip Stephen Ucci, D-Johnston, and Deputy Majority Whip Chris Blazejewski, D-Providence, could be leading another team of lawmakers hoping to assume leadership. Regardless, it’s not clear that anyone went to bed Friday with the 38 votes needed to become the next speaker if and when the job becomes open. All eyes are now on Tuesday, the next time members of the House convene.”
4. Missed last night’s wall-to-wall TV coverage of the Fox raids and the fallout from them? Click here to watch 23 minutes of WPRI 12 team coverage covering all the angles:
5. Set your DVRs: This week on Newsmakers – treasurer candidate Ernie Almonte, plus UMass Dartmouth’s Clyde Barrow and Providence College’s Patrick Kelly on casinos. Watch Sunday at 10 a.m. on Fox Providence. This week on Executive Suite – Nabsys CEO Dr. Barrett Bready. Watch Saturday at 10:30 p.m. or Sunday at 6 p.m. on myRITV (or Sunday at 6 a.m. on Fox). See you back here next Saturday morning.