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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
RIPR FILE

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.

Springtime Snow On The Way For Rhode Island

Mar 24, 2014
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

After a relatively warm weekend, with highs in the upper fifties on Saturday, Rhode Island is now being struck by below-freezing temperatures.  And now snow is on the way.

The National Weather Service is watching a storm that’s expected to hit the North East on Tuesday night, lasting into Wednesday.  Newport and Aquidneck Island are expected to get the brunt of it, with four to six inches of snow. A winter storm advisory has already been issued for the area. The rest of the state will see between two and four inches.

Rhode Island Hunkers Down For Yet Another Winter Storm

Feb 13, 2014
John Bender / RIPR

Snowflakes started falling early this morning, but already the precipitation is picking up as a winter storm sweeps across Rhode Island.

Matt Doody a meteorologist for the national weather service, said snow fall is expected to get very heavy over the next several hours.

“You’re looking at maybe like four to six inches closer to the coast.  You’re getting closer to the six plus to six to eight inches from Providence up into the northern part of the state," said Doody.

John Bender / RIPR

Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.

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Cold Temperatures Heading Our Way

Jan 6, 2014
Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island has been basking in unusually warm temperatures for a January day. According to the National Weather Service, most parts of the state were in the low 50’s throughout Monday.  But a big change is just around the corner.

Rhode Island has been on a weather rollercoaster for the last four days.  The temperature has swung from a near record low last week to a comfortable 50-plus degrees Monday. But National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley says it will get very cold tonight and will remain so through Thursday.

Rhode Islanders Can't Rely On A White Christmas

Dec 23, 2013
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island set a record high temperature yesterday when the mercury hit 63 at T.F. Green Airport. The previous record was 61 set in 1990.

The unusually warm weather wiped away most of the snow on the ground.

So how often Rhode Island gets a white Christmas?

Time to get out the snow shovel. The first significant snowfall of the season is headed our way and expected to start Saturday afternoon.

The Weather Service said a low-end Nor’easter will arrive in Rhode Island Saturday afternoon, bringing snow and wind gusts up to 40 miles an hour along the coast.  By the time it’s over Sunday afternoon, the ground will be covered with three to six inches of snow. 

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