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Snow And Rain Blast Northeast; Travel Is Treacherous

Mar 13, 2017
James Baumgartner / RIPR

A wintry mix of rain and snow is falling across Rhode Island. The roads are open, but the RI Dept. of Transportation says there is widespread flooding. The Rhode Island Transit Authority has suspended all service. Most schools are closed, as are state and city offices. 

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Despite some recent warmer days, Rhode Islanders can expect a snowy commute Friday Morning.

RI Mostly Done With Snow...Until Wednesday

Feb 13, 2017
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As public schools across Rhode Island started on delays and six RIPTA lines ran on detours Monday morning, additional snow is expected across New England.

More Snow Hits RI Sunday Into Monday

Feb 12, 2017
Chuck Hinman / RIPR

Rhode Island isn’t done with snow just yet. As of 3 p.m. Sunday, snowfall is moving across the entire Ocean State. Rain is expected to move north within the afternoon hours.

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As RIPTA begins to resume regular service and RIDOT continues to treat roads, meteorologists predict another wave of snow early Saturday morning.

Winter Storm Updates

Feb 9, 2017
Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Snow has piled up throughout the region and roadways are dangerous. RIPTA suspended service for the evening because of worsening conditions. I-95 has reopened but state police are urging motorists to stay off the roads. Providence and several other cities closed schools again Friday.

RI Snowstorm Expected Thursday

Feb 8, 2017
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After a Wednesday of unseasonably warm temperatures reaching the low 60s, cold air will sweep in overnight into Thursday morning, bringing snow with it.

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Rhode Islanders can expect icy commutes Tuesday morning. Light snow is expected to quickly turn to freezing rain in the northern part of the state Monday night into Tuesday rush hour.

Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Glenn Field urges everyone to be cautious in the morning.

"Not a lot of freezing rain but it only takes a tiny bit for the roads to be really, really slick- especially untreated surfaces, sidewalks," he said.

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Rhode Island may feel only limited effects from Hurricane Matthew. The Category 3 storm left a trail of damage in Haiti and was moving toward the Bahamas on Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Hermine is making her way up the Eastern seaboard. But the National Weather Service’s Lenore Correia says don’t expect stormy weather just yet in Rhode Island.

“It will be a little bit cooler than usual, so we’re only going to see highs in the mid-70s," said Correia. "So it could be nice and it definitely will not be humid as it has been. But it will be clear and there’s no chance of showers for tomorrow.”

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The advisory for much of Southern New England lasts through 7 o’clock Friday evening. Temperatures are climbing into the 90s, but humidity could make it feel as hot as 103 degrees.

Meteorologist Lenore Correia recommends keeping outdoor activities to a minimum.

“People can get heat exhaustion and things like that,” said Correia. “You don’t want to leave your children in the car, or your pets, and you just want to be careful and make sure to drink lots of water.”

Correia said things will cool off by the end of the weekend.

Joan Moses

This post has ben updated.

Temperature records across southern New England fell Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, new records were set in Boston, Providence, and Rhode Island.

In Providence, it hit 67 degrees late Wednesday morning, surpassing the old record of 66 degrees, set in 2002. 

Temperatures broke records across southern New England, as the mercury plunged to subzero levels. In Providence it hit -9 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday during the early morning hours; breaking the previous record of -7 set in 1979, according to the National Weather Service.

The deep freeze is expected to break this week in Rhode Island. Temperatures will hover in the twenties across most of the state, and are expected to climb above freezing along the coast.

Temperatures will reach 50 degrees on Tuesday, which will feel practically balmy, after the harsh weekend.

John Bender / RIPR

Despite reports of flurries this morning, Rhode Island has not had its first official snowfall of the season. National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Denton says the center received reports of light flurries, in Northern Rhode Island, the Providence area, and South County.

“However, at the airport, which is where we officially measure for the state there was none reported. So officially there was no snow however many people did see snow,” said Denton. (By the way, that's T.F. Green Airport in Warwick.)

John Bender / RIPR

Heavy rain may continue on and off through the end of the week, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook on Wednesday morning, when downpours caused localized flooding.

Meteorologist Bill Simpson said while the rainy weather will last through the weekend, the heaviest downpours may let up.

“This is not constant heavy rain like we’re experiencing now, but again, we’re talking about five days,” said Simpson. “Later on Thursday into Friday, and then we’ll see what happens for the weekend.”

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