Residents across the state are digging out of the blizzard that dumped more than two feet on parts of the state. Gov. Gina Raimondo lifted the state’s travel ban last night. She thanked Rhode Islanders for staying off the roads. There was a fire in Providence and a handful of accidents, but no major injuries from the storm.
A winter storm is expected to hit Rhode Island this weekend. The National Weather Service has already issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region.
Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson said there will be a wide range of snowfall across the state. “It’s going to be a pretty big variability with the snow amounts. Newport: probably just a trace, a little bit more, and up in the far northwest part of Rhode Island could be upwards of six maybe even a little bit more. Within greater Providence itself, probably 1 to 3 inches,” said Simpson.
Things are a bit warmer Friday compared to the single digit temperatures of the past several days.
The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will hover in the low thirties today, before dipping back into the teens overnight. Bill Simpson is spokesman for the National Weather Service. “We’re still gonna continue to be cold, tomorrow’s lows in the lower teens, and the highs in the mid-twenties, so we’re still going to be running a good eight to ten degrees below normal through the weekend,” said Simpson.
Though we’re not breaking any records, temperatures are well below freezing in Rhode Island.
Thermometers are barely climbing out of the single digits across the state. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory. The chill predicted to drop to twenty below. Meteorologist Alan Dunham said that dangerously low. “Well whenever you get wind chill temperatures this cold, you can start getting frostbite in only thirty minutes, with wind chill temperatures twenty degrees below zero,” said Dunham.
An arctic blast is sweeping through southern New England.
It’s bringing gusty winds and dangerously frigid temperatures. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous outlook, as well as a wind chill advisory. Rebecca Gould is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Temperatures Thurdsay are going to start in the twenties, and then by early this evening fall into the teens, and then overnight into the single digits,” said Gould.
The National Weather Service warns a blast of arctic air out of northern Canada will bring dangerously cold temperatures on Wednesday.
The arctic blast will hit Rhode Island Wednesday afternoon, packing strong winds and sending temperatures down near zero by Wednesday evening, said meteorologist Glenn Fields. “And then overnight looking at the actual temperature dropping to roughly three or four degrees in Providence, and probably a degree or two below zero in the Burrillville area.”
Rhode Island is in for a wet Christmas. And, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, unseasonably warm weather.
The National Weather Service predicts temperatures could hit the upper fifties on Christmas Eve. There won’t be any snow, but the state can still expect precipitation in the form of heavy rain into Christmas Day. National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick said temperatures could reach near-record highs. “Normal highs usually run around forty degrees so for the next three days we can expect unseasonable warmth,” said Buttrick.
Rhode Islanders may be in for a hairy afternoon commute today. The National Weather service has issued a wind advisory starting at 3 this afternoon. Wind speeds may hit 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour. National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Simpson said the southern part of the state will feel the brunt of the weather.
“The coasts will be more likely to have the highest winds. Newport, you could see wind gusts over fifty miles per hour, little bit less in the Northern part of the state.”
Tropical Storm Bertha continues to move up the Atlantic.
The closest the storm will come to Rhode Island is about 300 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The storm has been steadily decaying in power, and not expected to dump too much rain on the state. (Though thunderstorms have been predicted for this week. The National Weather Service has issued an advisory.)
National Weather Service spokesperson Bill Simpson says it’s still expected to have an impact on Rhode Island waves.