The First Snow Of The Season Expected, After Record-Breaking Warmth

Dec 28, 2015

Seasonable winter weather is finally hitting the Ocean State. Temperatures are expected to hover in the thirties today, and snow is expected Monday night.

Flurries are predicted to start late in the evening and continue falling into early Tuesday morning. The northwestern part of the state could see up three inches of snow.

National Weather Service meteorologist Matthew Belk said some parts of the state will have a lot more to shovel than others.

“Lowest accumulations will be down in South County, where there’ll be less than an inch,” said Belk. “And if you get up into northwestern Rhode Island, Burrillville, Slaterville, those areas, we’re looking for potentially three inches of snow.”

No snow is expected to fall in Newport or Bristol counties, or on Block Island.

Belk said all the precipitation will likely make for a messy Tuesday morning commute.

“The big issue tomorrow morning is going to be the rapid transition from light snow to a period of sleet and freezing rain,” said Belk. “And that’s going to make untreated roads very slippery and very hazardous.”

Belk said after an unseasonably warm December, this storm marks the start of more typical winter weather.

“It looks like after the New Year, we will start getting into more seasonable weather once again,” said Belk “So it’s the first of many such episodes to come.”

Though, Belk added, nothing on the order of this past record-breaking winter.

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