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 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.
The snow is no longer falling, but transportation remains snarled across much of Southern New England. Public transit has all but shut down in Boston, leaving commuters and others stranded in Providence.
The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority halted all commuter train and Subway service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That left riders in Rhode Island with few good options except Amtrak trains, and even those are running on a limited schedule.
Providence Public Schools have maxed out their snow days. The district has called 5 snow days, already 2 more than they planned for.
Spokesperson Christina O’Reilly said the district will have to extend the school year until June 25th. “At this point we’ve assured families, and staff that February vacation is not going to be on the table,” said Reilly.
As Rhode Islanders continue to dig out from Monday’s snow storm, they’ll have to do it in the frigid cold.
Across the state, temperatures are hovering around ten degrees, with wind chills making it well below zero. National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Nocera said Rhode Island won’t get much a reprieve as the day wears on. “Despite some sunshine temperatures are only going to get up to 15, 17 degrees, that’s it. The good news is that the winds will diminish this afternoon,” said Nocera.
More snow is hitting Rhode Island this morning. The National Weather Service predicts about a foot could fall in the northwestern part of the state.
Matt Doody, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the rest of the state will see less of the white stuff. “It drops off fairly quickly, so that the immediate Providence-metro area is anywhere from 6-8 inches, and then the coastline is probably only on the order of like 3-6 or so.”
Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are getting generally high marks for their response to the blizzard earlier this week. The state continues to dig out from the major winter storm.
As crews clear roads and parking lots, the excess snow is piling up. And the Department of Environmental Management urges cities, towns and businesses to avoid dumping all that snow into any body of water.
That includes ponds, lakes, rivers, wetlands and the ocean. Why? Well, all the salt, sand, littler and oil from cars pollute the water, harming wildlife and possibly sinking down into the groundwater.