Rain showers will transition over to snow showers overnight with a thin coating of new snow. Meanwhile wet surfaces will re-refreeze as temperatures drop slowly…widespread black ice likely thru daybreak Wednesday
WEDNESDAY MORNING: Widespread ice, use caution early
FORECAST MAP 7:00AM WEDNESDAY
FORECAST MAP 12:00PM WEDNESDAY
FORECAST MAP 4:00PM WEDNESDAY….A strong arctic cold front will approach late in the day, with the risk of a brief isolated snow squall. Most locations won’t see one, but those that do, a brief heavy burst of snow is possible, but lasting only 10-15 mins in any given location. The window is from roughly 4pm to 7pm which does coincide with evening commute.
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Rain showers and drizzle will continue into the early evening, then taper off.
Before ending, however, the showers will likely switch back to some snow, then skies clear.
All in all, it’s an ugly day here in Southern New England with the potential for significant travel impacts. Some schools have chosen to delay classes or cancel for the day. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 4PM for most of the area, but 7pm for northwest Rhode Island. Road conditions will gradually improve as the temperatures warm enough for rain in the afternoon.
For Wednesday, we’ll start the day with sunshine, but some snow showers and snow squalls are possible by late afternoon and evening. These squalls could drop a quick 1/2″ or so with reduced visibility on the roads. Not everyone sees them, but they’ll be in the area.
Behind those squalls, it’ll get bitterly cold for Thursday.
-Meteorologists Tony R Petrarca, Michelle Muscatello and T.J. Del Santo