National Weather Service Reports Snow Totals, Expected Weather This Weekend

Jan 4, 2018

Snow hit Rhode Island and the South Coast hard Thursday, with some areas getting more than 16 inches.



Warren and Taunton saw the most snow at 16.9 inches. Other totals throughout the Ocean State ranged between five and 16.5 inches. New Bedford got less snow at around eight inches, while Fall River saw 14.3 inches. 


Lenore Correia, meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said snow totals were as expected, as they were predicting between 12 and 18 inches for Southern New England. 


Block Island was the only area that reached blizzard status with visibility a quarter mile or less and frequent wind gusts of at least 35 miles per hour sweeping through the island for more than three hours.


The National Weather Service also issued a wind advisory that's in effect until 10 p.m. tonight and a wind chill advisory in effect tonight at 7 p.m. until Sunday 10 a.m. 


"We're expecting wind gusts between 40 and 50 miles an hour today," Correia said. "We're expecting wind chills to be below -15 degrees this evening and through the weekend as well." 


The National Weather Service stated in its wind chill advisory that frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. They recommend wearing a hat and gloves.   


This post has been updated