Blizzard conditions are expected to continue through the evening with snow/wind gradually diminishing by midnight with reduced visibilities due to blowing and drifting of the snow.

As of 6PM, 15-25 inches of snow had already fallen across our region, and we’ve seen wind gusts of more than 50mph across Rhode Island with much stronger gusts over 80 on the Cape.  By the time the storm is done, snowfall totals of 15- 25 inches of snow are expected with locally higher amounts.

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What to Expect Today:

Temperatures will fall throughout the morning with intense snow and wind continuing. In addition to whiteout conditions at times, we will see wind chills near zero. Heavy snow and strong winds will continue this afternoon.

***Blizzard Warning has been issued for all of Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and parts of Connecticut from Saturday morning through Sunday morning.

Check out some of the wind gust reports already in our area. Scattered outages are already being reported on Cape Cod, where some wind gusts are topping 80 mph.

Throughout Rhode Island winds have been gusting upward of 40-55 mph.

Blowing and drifting snow is expected through the evening. Winds will continue to be gusty, but will slowly subside.

Travel will be difficult to impossible at times with significant accumulations and near-zero visibility. We’ll also be watching for coastal flooding and beach erosion in eastern Mass. during Saturday’s high tides.

15″ to 24″ of snow is expected across our region. We do have some computer guidance forecasting even higher amounts. Where those localized higher amounts will be set up is all dependent on the location of where those heavier snow bands stay camped out.

Winds gusts will be very strong, particularly along the coast and Cape/Islands where wind speeds will be upwards of 60-70 mph.

Those stronger wind speeds may cause scattered power outages, especially near Cape Cod where the snow will be wetter and the winds stronger. Other locations throughout the region may have damage to powerlines as well as tree limbs too.

COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY in effect for east coastal Massachusetts from 5 AM Saturday to Midnight Saturday night. <Minor coastal flooding is expected in this area

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