Second Nor'easter Brings Snow And More Power Outages

Mar 6, 2018

The second nor'easter of March is wrapping up, but as it arrived Wednesday evening it brought gifts of snow and more power outages. According to the National Weather Service, Burrillville, in the northwest corner of the state, won the snow jackpot by getting over a foot of snow. However, areas along the coast of Rhode Island received just a mix of rain and snow.

Snowfall in North Providence Thursday Morning

National Grid reported at 8:30 a.m Thursday that almost 15,000 customers in Rhode Island lost power and there are still 394 active outages. In an update on its website, National Grid stated, "With over 700 crews still on the ground in New England following this past weekend’s storm, we are fully prepared to respond to the new damage caused by last night's storm."

The National Weather Service said there may be lingering snow showers Friday and into the weekend as the storm pivots through New England, but it's pretty much done for Rhode Island.

Also, Amtrak has temporarily suspended service between New York City and Boston, Mass. until at least 11 a.m. on Thursday. They said service will be restored pending improved conditions.

Looking Ahead To The Second Nor'easter This Month

Expected Snowfall
Credit National Weather Service

As the clean up wraps up from one major nor'easter, another is on the way today. However, this one will bring more snow than the storm last week. Rhode Island Public Radio spoke with Matt Doody, meteorologists for the National Weather Service, for the latest on the upcoming storm.

More power outages are expected. Narragansett electric said it completed power line repairs in Rhode Island. They said a few hundred outages remain in southeastern Massachusetts from the storm last week. National Grid reports 19 current outages in Rhode Island, and 119 in Massachusetts.

Another Winter Storm In The Forecast, Days After Powerful Nor'easter

A winter storm watch is in effect for Wednesday afternoon to Thursday. The National Weather service is expecting a coastal storm to pass near Cape Cod Wednesday night.

Forecasters said to expect rain and snow across the state as the storm approaches. They're not expecting much snow to stick initially, but the heaviest snow from the storm will come between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. 

"That's really going to be focused across the northern part of the state, especially up in northwest Providence County in the higher elevations," said Joe Dellicarpini, spokesman for the National Weather Service.

He said northwest Providence County is expected to get anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of snow. He added that in Providence, the snow may change over to rain around 6 p.m. after minimal accumulation.

A complicating issue, according to the weather service, is the possibility Thursday evening for strong gusts of wind near the coast, up to 40 to 50 mph.

"And that could lead to some downed tree branches or even some power outages possible in a few locations," said Dellicarpini.

He also said that gusts in the northern part of the state will be closer to 20 to 30 mph.

One big impact from the storm may be the Wednesday evening commute.