Here is a list of snowfall reports late this morning:
The snow will continue to pick up late this morning into the afternoon. Here is a timeline of snow accumulation for Providence. These numbers are not exact, but the trend is the important part of the message. Notice how most of the accumulation is over by the early afternoon.
NOW to 3PM: This is when the worst of the storm will be. Snowfall rates of 1-2” an hour are possible (even 3 to 4” an hour possible for a brief time!), and there is even a potential we see some thundersnow! If there is a time to avoid being on the roads, this is the time. Poor visibility and quickly accumulating snow on the roads will lead to dangerous travel conditions.Wind gusts of 40-50 mph are also possible during this time with gusts up to 60 mph possible along the coast; this will lead to blowing and drifting snow with the potential of power outages. Even for areas NOT covered by a blizzard warning (like the city of Providence and the south coast), it’s likely that there will be periods of blizzard-like conditions during this time.
3PM to Midnight: Snow will start to mix with sleet and rain, especially along the south coast. In northern Rhode Island and northern Bristol County Massachusetts, there won’t be as much mixing to sleet/rain which is why we are expecting the highest totals in this region. Most of our snow accumulation may be over with by 2 or 3PM. However, this a time when the winds will still be very strong so additional power outages will still be possible. There could actually be some heavy rain falling on top of the snow which could make the snow wet and heavy. Any of this heavy wet snow that clings to branches could lead to power outages during the strong winds.
We have trimmed our amount a bit from Providence down to the south coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. As you can see, well over a foot is possible north and west of Providence.
We will be back on the air throughout the day with updates. –Pete Mangione