Temperatures rising, some slick spots remain

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A period of winter weather Monday created slick roads overnight. And while the temperatures are already much warmer, the ground is still cold early this morning. So, watch for icy conditions before dawn.

According to the Pinpoint Weather Team, we will see off and on rain showers, drizzle and fog through the morning. A period of heavy rain and strong winds are likely by late afternoon and early evening, leading to localized street and poor drainage flooding.

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Tuesday a big change from the past few days

After a weekend of sub-zero temperatures, we started to see an improvement Monday as temperatures climbed into the mid-20s by the afternoon and the upper 20s to low 30s by the evening.

We’ll then see a drastic change on Tuesday, with temperatures in the 50s expected by the afternoon.

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A High Wind Watch will be in effect for most of the area from noon until 9 p.m. as gusts of 45 to 55 mph could lead to isolated wind damage and power outages.

Travel 

Several flights coming into and going out of T.F. Green Airport were canceled or delayed Monday. A handful of departures and arrivals have also been canceled for Tuesday.

On the road

Eyewitness News Reporter Rosie Woods hit the roads Monday to check out the conditions.

She spoke with Joe Bucci, the acting administrator of RIDOT, about how crews were preparing to tackle the snow and rain combination.

“We are going to get a couple inches of snow, which is going to make the afternoon commute slow. Our crews will be out plowing treating,” he said. “Then we are going to see a change over to freezing rain which is a different set of circumstances to deal with so travel is going to get slick – so motorists are going to need to use caution there as well.”

He said people should be careful on the roads – but also be mindful of possible flooding.

“What happens with the drains is that the rain will start washing the snow down into the gutters and the slush will cover up over the grates,” Bucci said. “So we have to keep those clear and then once the slush is gone, the water will flow down inside.”

See Rosie’s complete report in the video below: 

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