Winter Storm Warning in effect ahead of Wednesday nor’easter

Good morning from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Weather for Tuesday looks dry right through Tuesday Night. A storm will emerge off the Mid Atlantic coast Wednesday morning and then intensify as it passes just south and east of Cape Cod Wednesday evening. The tricky part with this next storm will be the “rain-snow” line. The exact track of the storm will determine precipitation type and location. While we do have a “First Call” on the potential snow accumulations later Wednesday, our best advice is to check back for updates later Today and Tonight for adjustments if needed.

WEATHER TIMELINE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. Wednesday morning commute looks OK..More difficult however for the late afternoon, evening commute

WINTER STORM WARNING is now in effect for Northwest RI including, Burrillville, Foster, Cumberland, Woonsocket, W. Greenwich and Coventry from 7am Wednesday to 9am Thursday.  A plow-able snow  (6″or more) is likely.

PRECIPITATION TYPE WEDNESDAY.  Right now we are using Interstate 95 as a reference guide to the “rain, sleet snow line”.  We feel areas along and especially points north and west of Route 95 will have a higher chance of mainly snow, with even higher chances in far northwest Rhode Island (Foster, Pascoag, Burrillville).

ACCUMULATION FORECAST…As new data comes in Tuesday, these numbers and colors may need final adjustments…this is our “First Call” map issued 5PM yesterday. Please check back to see if updates.

WIND GUST FORECAST:  Wind gusts will be significant with this storm but not as extreme as the winds from last Friday’s Nor’easter. Nonetheless those areas that end up with wet heavy snow (Northwest RI) may have power outage concerns Wednesday Night

Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca…blog updated 1:05am Tuesday March 6th

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