This is a very messy storm with a little bit of everything!…actually a LOT of rain. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, street flooding, rain, strong winds, coastal flooding…maybe a rumble of thunder? Here’s what we’re looking at…
Although warmer air is expected to work into the storm, we’ll still see some snow accumulate. Most of this has already fallen, but a few inches is likely the further north and west of Providence you go. Generally 2-4″ across northern Rhode Island including Woonsocket, Chepachet, Cranston and into the Providence metro area. As you head further south into Newport, Westerly, Fall River and New Bedford, between 1-2″ is possible as you’ll likely see an early change over to sleet and rain. Right along the immediate south coast, very little snow (if any) is expected.
With a few inches of snow expected, the Winter Weather Advisory will continue until Sunday at 7 PM.
By 8 AM Sunday, most of our entire area will likely have changed over to all rain, heavy at times. But look at the forecasted amounts! Between 2 to 3.5″ are possible, which means we would break a record in Providence (1.22″ in 1995).
With heavy rain expected, we are under a Flood Watch between 6 AM and 4 PM. That’s when the heaviest rain arrives. The heavy rain alone will cause street and poor drainage flooding. With drains possibly clogged with snow, you might encounter a few roadways with standing water.
Strong wind gusts are also in the forecast. Around 1 PM, winds are gusting from the south between 40-50 MPH…especially near the coast. This will likely be the main cause of any power outages across the area as we’re expecting the ice accumulations to stay north of our area.
With strong winds out of the south and high astronomical tides, we could also see a few splash overs at the coast. That’s the reason why coastal communities are under a Coastal Flood Advisory tomorrow morning.
With the center of the storm coming right over Rhode Island, we could see temperatures briefly jump into the mid 50s! But the spring-like temps will be short-lived.
A few hours later, temperatures take a nose dive. And they don’t stop there. Overnight temperatures continue to drop and any standing water will likely freeze. So, if you’re watching the Pats game at someone’s house or driving Monday morning, take extra caution as icy roads could be a problem.
So to recap, the snow will continue to push in. By 3 AM, we’ll start to see some sleet and freezing rain at the coast and it will move inland by dawn. As temperatures continue to rise, we’ll see plain rain through the end of the storm. As the system moves off to the northeast, temperatures dive and any standing water freezes.
-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo and Eyewitness News Weather Intern Danny Couto (Senior at UMass-Lowell).