It’s the first day of Spring, but don’t put away your winter coat just yet. After a brutal January and February, more snow is predicted today. National Weather Service meteorologist William Babcock said it’s expected to start late this afternoon.
"It could become a factor for the evening commute for parts of the state. Possibly Providence, better shot in spots like Newport and Westerly," said Babcock.
Yet more snow is on the way for Rhode Island. The national weather service expects about one to three inches of snow starting late Tuesday afternoon.
The snow is predicted to switch over to a wintry mix by midnight, lasting into Wednesday morning. Meteorologist Benjamin Sipprell said this could affect the Wednesday morning commute.
“As we go into Wednesday morning, temperatures will be pretty well above normal, so the expectation is for the morning commute, it may be a little soupy out there with very low visibility along area roadways,” said Sipprell.
Rhode Islanders are in for another arctic blast starting Friday. Temperatures plunged into the single digits, and the National Weather Service says things will only warm up to the high teens through the weekend.
Meteorologist Mathew Belk, said wind chills will make temperatures feel far below zero. “Wind chills are going to be generally in the minus fifteen to minus 24 range, so it’s going to feel pretty chilly out there,” said Belk.
Despite the recent stream of bitterly cold temperatures, Rhode Island’s Low Income Heating Assistance Program still has plenty of money for the cold months to come.
Rhode Island received about $27 million dollars in federal assistance to support the program this year. LIHEAP, as it’s known, helps some 34 thousand households pay for heating costs throughout the winter.
Yet another winter storm has blanketed Rhode Island in snow. This weekend saw more than a foot of the white stuff fall in areas including North Providence, Burrilville and Warren. Residents are now dealing with arctic temperatures.