PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The National Weather Service has put Rhode Island under a winter storm watch starting Wednesday afternoon and continuing through Thursday morning.
The storm will be the 9th of the season.
Accumulation amounts could range from two to three inches on the south coast to a foot in the northwest corner of the state. This, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Eleanor Talbot who says the storm has been difficult to predict because of widely varying computer models.
"Some of the models are saying we could get a foot of snow around the state. Some of the other models are bringing the storm up over Cape Cod which means it would change over to rain especially along the south coast," says Talbot. "There's a wide variety of solutions so it has been a difficult storm to call."
Talbot says Rhode Island has received 29 inches of snow so far this season. That's more than double the typical amount for this date. The average snowfall for the state is 35 inches a year.
Snow Snarls Traffic on Major Roads
If you were late getting to work Tuesday morning you had a lot of company. A dozen traffic accidents around the state made for slow going.
State police Captain Darren Delaney says driver error was the cause of most of the accidents.
"People aren't taking their time. They're not using due care and they're moving a little too fast," says Delaney. "I think the fact there is not a significant amount of snow on the ground leads them to a false sense of security that they can go faster than conditions will allow."
Delaney says there were no serious injuries in any of the crashes.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it had 166 snow plows on the road starting at 3:00AM Tuesday morning.
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