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SON OF SANDY/ATHENA PM UPDATE: Wet Snow Hitting Rhode Island

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

 

Rhode Island's coast is in for more pounding today, as the Nor'easter known as Athena arrives with a mix of snow and rain.

A nor'easter continues to intensify off the mid-Atlantic coast this afternoon. It will not be quite so intense or devastating as Sandy but nonetheless will cause significant coastal problems and a preview of winter at some inland locations.

This storm will not have the tropical connection that boosted Sandy to super-storm status but instead will be a powerful garden-variety northeaster not all that unusual from this time of year through the winter months. It will move toward New England today and slowly pass the region by later Thursday afternoon.

Wet snow and rain for Rhode Island

The air around at the outset is cold enough to produce some wet snow especially in western and northwestern Rhode Island and snow mixed with rain for many of the rest of us, except right along the coast. A couple of slushy inches could accumulate over western and northwestern Rhode Island. Sheets of rain and northeast winds will pick up today and tonight into Thursday morning, gusting 40-50 mph inland a perhaps to 60mph in a few gusts along the coast. Scattered power outages are not out of the realm of possibility but should not be widespread. Tides may run 2-4 feet above normal especially early Thursday morning around the 2 am high tide. Once again significant beach erosion could occur leading to minor coastal flooding much less significant than occurred during Sandy. The storm should wind down slowly tomorrow afternoon.

I will continue to track the storm and keep you posted with future updates.

 

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