Tracking Strong Nor’easter

Rain is already moving as as a powerful coastal storm bears down on southern New England. As of mid Friday morning, there were already over 4 thousand Rhode Island customers without power.  Rainfall amounts also were already closing in an 1 inch in some spots.

Now to noon:

Winds will continue to increase with periods of heavy rain.  While we do have some snow in the forecast, this is not expected to be an issue until this evening.  There have already been some downed trees this morning:

Afternoon through Evening:

This is when the strongest of the winds will start to move in as periods of heavy rain continue.

Downed tree limbs and power outages may start to increase during this time.  By late afternoon, after 3 or 4PM, snow may mix in northern areas, especially north and west of 295.

Friday night into Saturday morning: Periods of heavy rain mixed with snow….snow may start to make it down into Providence and even to the south coast.

The issue is,..will it snow hard enough for the snow to stick and accumulate? This is more likely to happen in northern areas and areas of higher elevation.  Here is how much snow we’re expecting.

Saturday Afternoon: Precipitation should start to taper off but gusty winds will remain.

Overall, here are some the wind gusts that could be reached today into Saturday:

Rivers and streams will also have to be monitored, there is still a flood warning for the Pawtuxet River in Cranston which could go into minor to moderate flood state late today into Saturday.  The is still a flood watch in effect for the entire area….2-4″ of rain are possible.

If fact, if the above forecast verifies it could reach the top 10 crests:

With punishing waves and several high tide cycles to get through, coastal flooding is also a concern.  Minor coastal flooding is possible along the south coast, while moderate to major coastal flooding is likely along the eastern coast of Massachusetts.


All high tides have to be monitored over the next 48 hours, especially the Saturday morning and Saturday night high tides.

Unfortunately for our neighbors to the east, the coastal flooding could approach the major category, especially during tonight’s high tide and the high tides on Saturday.  Officials are strongly urging residents who live in vulnerable areas to evacuate.


Come back for update throughout the day! -Pete Mangione

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