Major Disruptions Expected Tuesday

There will be a number of impacts from Tuesday’s impending storm.  Getting to work/school in the morning might not be too bad, but getting home late morning, afternoon or evening will be very difficult.  Blizzard conditions are possible in the Providence area and points south and east.  Generally, 12-18″ of snow is expected along with strong wind gusts.

The timing of everything has not changed much.  The first flakes will arrive between 4 and 8AM, and the snow intensity will quickly ramp up after 9AM along with very strong winds.

Travel between 4 and 8AM will probably be okay.  Don’t be fooled.  Travel after 9AM could be very dangerous as snowfall rates will quickly rise to 1-3″ per hour, which is too much for road crews to handle. During the afternoon and evening, travel will be almost impossible as strong wind gusts to 55mph and very heavy snowfall will create near whiteout conditions.

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Power outages are also possible through the day, beginning late morning and continuing through the afternoon. At this point, we have a moderate threat of power outages across the area.

Monday evening, make sure all your cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc are plugged in and charging.

School and business closings are likely across the area.  For obvious reasons this would be a good idea.  Expect cancellations to be announced Monday evening.

The impacts aren’t limited to Southern New England…much of the Northeast will be buried in snow.  Here’s the European computer model output for snowfall….some spots could see 2-3feet!

Locally, we’re expecting 12-18″ of snow, less near the Massachusetts coast where a little mixing is possible. Although, a slight shift in the track could bring the 12-18″ over the New Bedford.

There still is the possibility of seeing some amounts greater than 18″ in our area…mainly northern RI and inland Massachusetts.

Winds will be howling Tuesday.  The winds will be quiet first thing Tuesday morning, but they will quickly increase after 8AM.  Gusts to 55mph are possible in Rhode Island, but maybe to hurricane force on Block Island!

Q&A

ANSWER:  Good question! The accumulating snow should be gone by late Tuesday evening, but the impacts could be felt into Wednesday.  Some school systems might need to close again on Wednesday.

 

 

 

ANSWER:  I doubt it, unless there are widespread power outages in a school district.

 

 

 

ANSWER:  9AM through 5PM…maybe a little later.  Snow rates may vary, but that’s the time for the real meat and potatoes of the storm everywhere.

 

 

 

 

ANSWER:  Very good chance of that area seeing 2feet.

 

 

 

ANSWER:  Yes, there’s a low to moderate chance of coastal flooding (and beach erosion) from this storm.  Large ocean waves will develop on top of an already high astronomical tide.  From Point Judith to Westerly there could be some coastal flooding with a 2 to a 2.5foot storm surge around the time of high tide (11AM).

 

 

ANSWER:  I’m close to that now and not one flake has fallen!

 

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

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