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This February is officially the snowiest on record in Providence, according to the National Weather Service.  A light snowfall on Tuesday night pushed the monthly total to 31.6 inches, breaking the city record set in 1962. 

Meteorologist Alan Dunham says that’s even more than the famed February blizzard of '78. “1978 is in third place with a total of 28.6 inches, for the month of February," said Dunham.

And forecasters predict the new record could get just a bit higher before the month is out.  An inch or less of snow could fall this afternoon. 

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Rhode Islanders will soon get a break from arctic temperatures, but the trade is more snow this week. After several days without a glimpse of the white stuff, the National Weather Service is predicting snowfall will return Tuesday night.  

Meteorologist Alan Dunham said Rhode Island won’t see the foot or more it’s seen in previous storms this winter.  “Maybe two to four inches.  Mainly Providence down towards Newport and points east, but even northwest part of Rhode Island up in the northwest hills could see an inch or two,” said Dunham.

Rhode Islanders will face arctic temperatures Friday.  According to the National Weather Service temperatures have been hovering in the single digits, and even hitting zero degrees in some parts of the state. Wind chills will make temperatures feel well below zero.

Get ready for extremely cold temperatures.  Rhode Island got a brief reprieve Wednesday, but forecasters say the mercury will start falling Thursday afternoon, and may get down to -4 Fahrenheit through the night.

With the wind chill, possible temperatures could feel as cold as -15.  Snow could also be on the way.  The National Weather Service says there's a chance for snow showers late Thursday morning.  Then they're expecting more of the white stuff possibly as early as Saturday.  Right now, they believe the heaviest snowfall is likely on Sunday and Monday, the 9th.

Rhode Island Starts Digging Out Of The Blizzard

Jan 26, 2015
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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.

Heavy Wet Snows Expected For Saturday

Jan 23, 2015

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.

Frigid Weather Persists Across Rhode Island

Jan 9, 2015

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.

Frigid Temps Sweep Across Rhode Island

Jan 8, 2015

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.  

Cold Snap Hits Rhode Island

Jan 7, 2015

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 In For A Wet, Warm Christmas

Dec 24, 2014

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.

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Here’s how National Weather Service meteorologist Kim Buttrick described what’s in store for Rhode Island today:

“It’s a potpourri of weather elements.”

Buttrick said we could see up to two and a half inches of rain. That’s why there’s a coastal flood watch, and there could be some flooding further inland.

“Culverts, street flooding, ponding on roadways, nuisance stuff," said Buttrick. "Nuisance for the morning commute, nuisance for the afternoon commute.”

Buttrick said high winds could toss about southern Rhode Island, with speeds up to 50 miles an hour.

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.”

Bertha Bringing Big Swells, Strong Rip Currents

Aug 6, 2014
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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.

Hurricane Arthur is churning towards New England. But forecasters are worried about an entirely different weather system hitting the area today. 

National Weather Service meteorologist Glenn Field is hunkering down for a busy day. This afternoon and evening, Field says he’s watching a cold front that’s on track to bring severe weather and a couple of inches of rain to Rhode Island.

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