Tuesday Afternoon Storm Update

UPDATE:  Flash Flood Watch for our area until 6PM Wednesday.  Rainfall rates of 1-2″ per hour could produce sudden rises in water. Remember…NEVER cross a flooded roadway, find another route.

Expect a stormy period right through Wednesday as strong winds and periods of heavy rain will buffet Southern New England.  While the wind could wreak havoc with any Halloween decorations, wind damage and power outages are possible.  Winds have already gusted to 44mph at Conimicut Light off Warwick, and higher gusts are likely.

Here are some quick nuggets of information about this rain/wind storm:

  • Wind Advisory in Effect
  • Wind Gusts to 55mph
  • Occasional Heavy Rainfall
  • Thunderstorms Possible
  • Slight Chance of a Tornado
  • Scattered Power Outages Possible
  • Street and Poor Drainage Flooding Possible
  • Flash Flooding Possible on Wednesday

A sharp cold front will be pushing through the Northeastern U.S. Tuesday night and Wednesday.  Ahead of this front, damaging wind gusts are possible.

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While we had some sunshine Tuesday morning and afternoon, periods of heavy rain are possible Tuesday evening and through Wednesday.


It’s possible we could get some thunderstorms, too.   In fact, the Storm Prediction Center has indicated that we are under a marginal risk for severe storms tonight into Wednesday morning.


Expanding upon that severe weather risk a little further, there is the slight risk for a brief tornado to spin up…including here in Rhode Island.  It’s impossible to say where a tornado would form until storms develop, but the best chance for a quick twister would be in western New England.


Rain could fall, heavily at times, through the night with some thunderstorms.  In or around any thunderstorms, we could get some damaging wind gusts…perhaps up to 60mph.

A Wind Advisory has been posted for our entire area until 11am Wednesday as we could see southerly wind gusts to 55mph. The winds will be especially strong this evening and all through the night.  Gusts to 50mph are possible.  These winds are strong enough to take down trees and tree limbs, as many trees are still fully leafed–the leaves can act like sails in the strong winds.

During the morning commute on Wednesday, rain and lingering strong wind gusts are possible; although it appears as though the core of the strongest winds will begin to slide out of Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA and move toward Cape Cod.


While the winds will be lighter on Wednesday, rain will likely continue, possibly heavy at times.  Flash flooding is possible as the approaching cold front slows down.  Strong wind gusts will still be possible in/around any thunderstorms.


The rain may actually continue into the daytime on Thursday as well.  Rainfall totals could be on the order of 1-3″ in our area.  Street and poor drainage flooding is a possibility, especially if rain falls over the same area continuously. There is a higher probability of 3″ or more in western New England, but some isolated spots in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts may get 3″ of rain.


Following this stormy weather will be three days of dry and quiet weather (Friday through Sunday), but rain may develop Sunday night and continue into Monday morning.

-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

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