It’s not unusual for Southern New England to see snow in October

Winter Weather

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Snow is falling in October as remnants of Hurricane Zeta pass by Southern New England.

Is that unusual for October? Simply put, no.

On Halloween in October 2011, a major storm blanketed Rhode Island 2 to 6 inches, but parts of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts got 2 to 3 feet in some areas.

According to 12 News Meteorologist Pete Mangione, since the early 1900s, it has snowed 16 times in October in our area, but the average date for the first snowfall is Dec. 2.

The last time our area saw measurable snow this year was back on April 18. This is when the state was in a complete lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, so there weren’t many cars on the roads and people were only at grocery stories or essential businesses.

In Providence, the snow is sticking to the ground, but not staying on the roads. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) says that it is making their job easier.

However, not all of the state is getting the same winter-like experience. In Northern Rhode Island, Pascoag looks like a winter wonderland with snow on the ground and roadways. The wet heavy snow is also sticking to vehicles and trees.

In Woonsocket, a video from 9 a.m. Friday show snow was already collecting on the ground. According to R.I. State Police, they have responded to eight minor snow-related accidents Friday morning.

RIDOT Director Peter Alviti says this Fall snow is too early for his liking.

“I would rather see the first snowfall come sometime in March but the ground is still warm enough so that when this kind of snowfall hits it’s not sticking,” Alviti said. “In the northern sections of the state we do have crews out and there will be a little bit of accumulation for a short period of time and we do have our sanders and trucks out to make sure they keep a control on that.”

Snow is still steadily coming down and the wind is also making the temperatures feel colder.

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