Rhode Island is in for a wet Christmas. And, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, unseasonably warm weather.
The National Weather Service predicts temperatures could hit the upper fifties on Christmas Eve. There won’t be any snow, but the state can still expect precipitation in the form of heavy rain into Christmas Day. National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick said temperatures could reach near-record highs. “Normal highs usually run around forty degrees so for the next three days we can expect unseasonable warmth,” said Buttrick.
Rhode Islanders may be in for a hairy afternoon commute today. The National Weather service has issued a wind advisory starting at 3 this afternoon. Wind speeds may hit 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour. National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Simpson said the southern part of the state will feel the brunt of the weather.
“The coasts will be more likely to have the highest winds. Newport, you could see wind gusts over fifty miles per hour, little bit less in the Northern part of the state.”
Tropical Storm Bertha continues to move up the Atlantic.
The closest the storm will come to Rhode Island is about 300 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The storm has been steadily decaying in power, and not expected to dump too much rain on the state. (Though thunderstorms have been predicted for this week. The National Weather Service has issued an advisory.)
National Weather Service spokesperson Bill Simpson says it’s still expected to have an impact on Rhode Island waves.
Hurricane Arthur is churning towards New England. But forecasters are worried about an entirely different weather system hitting the area today.
National Weather Service meteorologist Glenn Field is hunkering down for a busy day. This afternoon and evening, Field says he’s watching a cold front that’s on track to bring severe weather and a couple of inches of rain to Rhode Island.
After a relatively warm weekend, with highs in the upper fifties on Saturday, Rhode Island is now being struck by below-freezing temperatures. And now snow is on the way.
The National Weather Service is watching a storm that’s expected to hit the North East on Tuesday night, lasting into Wednesday. Newport and Aquidneck Island are expected to get the brunt of it, with four to six inches of snow. A winter storm advisory has already been issued for the area. The rest of the state will see between two and four inches.
Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.
Rhode Island has been basking in unusually warm temperatures for a January day. According to the National Weather Service, most parts of the state were in the low 50’s throughout Monday. But a big change is just around the corner.
Rhode Island has been on a weather rollercoaster for the last four days. The temperature has swung from a near record low last week to a comfortable 50-plus degrees Monday. But National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley says it will get very cold tonight and will remain so through Thursday.