A powerful nor’easter will continue to pound our area with heavy rain, wind, coastal flooding,and even some snow! We now have multiple river warnings posted (details below) and a flood warning for ALL of our viewing in effect because of heavy rainfall and the potential for street flooding:
Here is the scene from the Newport Bridge earlier!
From a friend – windy day on Newport Bridge, not good pic.twitter.com/JbEwgiRK66
— Angus Davis ⚓ (@angusdav) March 2, 2018
Friday afternoon wind gusts have already reached 60mph at TF Green and 67 mph in Newport!
Snow has already been flying this morning to our north and west. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for our area from this evening to early Saturday morning:
For our area, snow will likely start to mix with rain this evening through the overnight hours.
We are forecasting 1 to 3″ for our viewing area, and much of this may fall only on the grass and car tops. Higher elevations may see a bit more in the way of accumulation,especially to the north and west of 295,
That’s nothing compared to what will fall in parts of upstate New York, western Massachusetts, and parts of Pennsylvania where over a foot and half of snow is possible.
1″ to 2″ or rain was already on the ground as of Friday afternoon, and several more inches (2 to 4″) are possible into the afternoon and evening. Street flooding is possible and we are keeping a close eye on our rivers, especially the Pawtuxet River which is forecast to go into moderate flood stage later tonight into Saturday. This river level forecast has now increased compared to earlier forecasts to 12 feet!
The Pawcatuck River in the Westerly area is also expected to flood today into Saturday
In addition, there are also flood warnings in effect for the Taunton and Wood Rivers.
Periods of heavy rain will continue along with the very strong winds. There may be some sleet or snow that mixes in at times, TJ Del Santo already saw some pellets in Narragansett earlier today:
— TJ Del Santo ⚡🔭 (@tjdelsanto) March 2, 2018
4PM – 12AM
Strong winds will continue….heavy rain will likely start to change to snow. The change to snow will happen first in northwestern Rhode Island and then for the rest of the area later on in the evening.
12AM to 10AM Saturday
Snow will taper off and likely be done before sunrise on Saturday, but a few lingering rain or snow showers are still possible late into Saturday morning. While Saturday will be windy, the worst of the wind should be over by 10AM on Saturday.
HOW STRONG WILL THE WINDS BE?
Gusts up to 70 mph are possible along the south coast, and gusts to 60 mph are possible for the rest of our area. Cape Cod could see gusts up to 80 mph!
Additional power outages and tree damage are possible later today, tonight, and into Saturday morning. Outages in Rhode Island have been fluctuating up and down throughout the day, with numerous earlier reports of downed trees and branches.
More pics from tha school bus/tree scene, where there were no injuries. 12-15″ tree. That’s the bus’ arm which swings open when kids get on/off bus. pic.twitter.com/D3BoHIRd8V
— TJ Del Santo ⚡🔭 (@tjdelsanto) March 2, 2018
Here is a look at the tree and power lines down in Cranston on Natick Ave near Canton Ct. About 120 customers without power in this part of Cranston right now @wpri12 @FOXProvidence pic.twitter.com/isHkbO0Vwa
— Michaela MacDonald (@MichaelaMacNews) March 2, 2018
Moderate to major coastal flooding is occurring and will continue to occur for multiple high tide cycles in eastern Massachusetts. Here is s the forecast for Scituate Massachusetts on the east coast.
Because the winds will be coming in from the northeast, the coastal flooding won’t be as bad along our south coast. But minor flooding and splash over is still possible during high tide tonight and both high tides on Saturday morning and Saturday night.
Huge waves will batter the coast of eastern Massachusetts! They will be pretty big just offshore from the south coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts as well. A coastal flood advisory is in effect for the south coast until Saturday night, and a coastal flood warning is in effect for eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod until Sunday morning.
We will continue to bring you updates through out the day. -Pete Mangione
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