Storm Gently Dusts RI; Sunshine Expected By Afternoon

Mar 18, 2016

Credit National Weather Service

 This post has been updated.

In a scene reminiscent of winter, schools have been closed and parking bans enforced on this early day of spring.

The storm was expected to leave up to eight inches of snow before tapering off mid-morning. But the National Weather Service reports that most of Rhode Island got just three-four inches. Burrillville topped the list of snow totals at about six inches.

National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Nocera said most of the snow will melt away by mid-week.

“(Monday) we’ll see temperatures, get up to about 40 degrees so that will help. And then tomorrow up to about 47, and Wednesday we have a chance of hitting 60 degrees,” said Nocera. “So it doesn’t look like the snow will be sticking around.”

Nocera says the recent string of warm weather should help speed up the melting.

Don't put away that snow shovel! A late winter storm is expected to hit Rhode Island over the weekend, bringing cooler temperatures and wet, heavy snow.

The National Weather Service has predicted anywhere from four to eight inches of snow on Sunday afternoon into Monday.

Forecasters issued a winter storm watch for Sunday afternoon, cautioning that the storm is still developing, and the forecast could change. As of Friday afternoon, forecasters expected the heaviest snowfall after sunset Sunday and through Sunday night.

Temperatures are expected to remain cool but not arctic through the start of next week.

"For Sunday, we're looking for highs about 38 [degrees], and what happens is when precipitation is heavier, that will actually cool the temperatures down," said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson. "So it may get down to 33, and more than likely, this is going to be wet, heavy snow."

By  Wednesday, Simpson expects temperatures to climb back into the 50s and melt any remaining snow.