Good Friday Morning
High impact storm with multiple hazards next 12-24 hours, with heavy rain, damaging wind gusts, and coastal flooding/beach erosion. Most of the storm will feature heavy rain and strong damaging wind gusts. Power outages are likely into Friday.
As the storm pulls away Friday evening, a blast of bitterly cold air will rush in with rapidly falling temperatures. Some snower showers by Friday night into Saturday, mainly along the immediate south shore and Washington County in far southern RI
Winds will be increasing overnight with a “High Wind Warning” from 1AM Friday until 7AM Saturday. Wind gusts up to 60-65 mph are possible, so please prepare for scattered power outages. Charge up devices and secure holiday decorations.
Wind-driven rain with damaging gusts are expected Friday morning. Temperatures are forecast to reach near 60° early Friday morning before rapidly falling by late day and evening as the storm pulls away.
COASTAL FLOOD WARNING EARLY FRIDAY MORNING
In addition to heavy rain leading to street flooding, some coastal flooding is possible during the Friday morning high tide (Between 6-8AM). At this point, minor flooding is likely with the potential for pockets of moderate flooding. Large waves and dangerous surf are expected Friday morning…stay away from rocks and jetties.
Behind the storm, it will turn SHARPLY colder Friday evening/night and into Christmas Weekend. Scattered snow showers Friday night into Saturday…mainly along the south shore and southern Washington county in where locally small accumulations of snow are expected
Friday Temperature Plunge: Warm Start, Cold Finish
FRIDAY MORNING 7:00AM Heay rain, damaging wind gusts and coastal flooding at this time
Most of the rain is wrapped up by 4PM on Friday. A change to light snow showers is expected as a blast of cold air moves in Friday evening and night
FRIDAY AFTERNOON 2:00PM Another roubd of rain and strong wind by early afternoon
FRIDAY EVENING 6:00PM Windy and sharply colder. Mainly dry with some scattered snow showers
FRIDAY NIGHT 11:00PM Windy and frigid. Most areas stay dry, but a persistant narrow band of ocean effect snow will line up along the south shore and parts southern Rhode Island and coastal Massachusetts
Light Snow Accumulations South Shore After 9PM Friday
Some slippery travel in far southern RI later Friday night into Saturday morning
CHRISTMAS EVE/CHRISTMAS DAY: Windy and Frigid
Mainly dry skies return for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The exception will be right along the immediate coast and islands, where some ocean effect light snow will linger on Saturday.
The big story for the weekend will be the frigid temperatures and blustery winds. In fact, gusts to 45 mph are still possible on Saturday. That could slow power restoration efforts. Clear skies are expected for Christmas Eve night. Other than some turbulence in the sky, Santa shouldn’t have any trouble making his way around our area. .
Wind chills will still be in the single digits on Christmas morning with gusts to 30mph possible. On the plus side, it is dry and sunny throughout the day.