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Storm Update: Mix of Sleet + Snow to Continue Through Afternoon

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

 

The heavy snow of early this morning has been transitioning over to sleet, freezing rain and rain from south to north across Rhode Island and this process will continue through the afternoon. It's a messy situation but typical of many winter storms we get here in Southern New England.

The precipitation may go back to all snow later today or this evening but by that time most of the heavy precipitation will be out of the area. So I wouldn't expect more than an additional inch or two before it all comes to an end later tonight.

National Weather Service

.LOW PRESSURE MOVING FROM THE MID-ATLANTIC THIS MORNING WILL
TRACK SOUTH OF NANTUCKET LATE TODAY. THIS STORM WILL BRING A
LARGE SWATH OF 6 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AWAY FROM THE SOUTH
COAST. FOR THE IMMEDIATE SOUTH COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE
ISLAND...3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED BEFORE A CHANGEOVER TO
SLEET AND RAIN FROM 9 AM TO MIDDAY. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF DURING THE
AFTERNOON EXCEPT ACROSS NORTHERN MASSACHUSETTS AND SOUTHWEST NEW
HAMPSHIRE WHERE SNOW MAY LINGER UNTIL THE EVENING.

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

* LOCATION...SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE...MOST OF MASSACHUSETTS AS
  WELL AS NORTHERN CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND.

* TIMING...SNOW IS BEGINNING TO OVERSPREAD THE REGION THIS MORNING
  AND IS EXPECTED TO BECOME HEAVY BY 6 OR 7 AM. SNOWFALL RATES OF
  1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE ANTICIPATED THROUGH MIDDAY BEFORE
  TAPERING OFF DURING THE AFTERNOON.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 8 TO 12 INCHES...ALONG
  WITH AROUND A TRACE OF ICE IN SPOTS.

* IMPACTS...DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES
  DUE TO HEAVY SNOW AND SNOW COVERED ROADS...ESPECIALLY FOR THIS
  MORNINGS COMMUTE.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN AN AVERAGE OF 6 OR MORE
INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD...OR FOR 8 OR MORE
INCHES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD. TRAVEL WILL BE SLOW AT BEST ON WELL
TREATED SURFACES...AND QUITE DIFFICULT ON ANY UNPLOWED OR
UNTREATED SURFACES.

 

Related Slideshow: Top 10 Blizzards in RI History

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10. Blizzard of 2010

Max Accumulation: Approximately 13"

December 26-27, 2010

This winter storm brought more than a foot of snow to several parts of Rhode Island, including 13 inches in Woonsocket.

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9. Blizzard of 2003

Max Accumulation: Approximately 15"

February 14-19, 2013

Know as the President’s Day Storm II, this blizzard brought roughly 15 inches to Ocean State.

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8. Blizzard of 2009

Max Accumulation: Approximately 16"

December 16-20, 2009

Blizzard warnings were in effect in southern Rhode Island when this storm hit just before Christmas 2009.

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7. April Fool's Day Blizzard

Max Accumulation: Approximately 18"

March 30 to April 1, 1997

This blizzard was no joke when it dropped 18 inches of snow in Providence.

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6. 1969 Nor’easter

Max Accumulation: Approximately 20"

February 8-10, 1969

This storm blanketed many parts of Rhode Island with upwards of 20 inches of snow.

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5. Great Blizzard of 1888

Max Accumulation: Approximately 20"

March 11-14, 1888

One of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States, this superstorm dumped 20 inches in Kingston.

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4. Blizzard of 1996

Max Accumulation: Approximately 23"

Jan. 6-10, 1996

One of two blizzards to receive an “extreme” rating on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, this storm blanketing parts of Rhode Island with upwards of 23 inches of snow.

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3. Blizzard of 2005

Max Accumulation: Approximately 23.5"

January 20-23, 2005

This three-day storm delivered more nearly two feet of snow to some parts of Rhode Island.

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2. Winter Storm Nemo

Max Accumulation: Approximately 24"

February 7-18, 2013

About 180,000 RI homes and businesses lost power during this powerful blizzard.

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1. Blizzard of 1978

Max Accumulation: Approximately 38"

February 5-7, 1978

This historic nor’easter, which claimed the lives of 26 Rhode Islanders, brought a record-breaking 27.6 inches of snow to Providence and 38 inches to Woonsocket.

 
 

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