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Think Thursday's Storm Was A Blizzard? Think Again.

Jan 2, 2018
John Bender

Temperatures dropped low enough  Sunday to break a long-standing record. It was 3 degrees below zero on Sunday, which broke a 106-year-old record of 1 below zero set in 1912, according to the National Weather Service.

Researchers Develop Scales To Measure Snowfall In Real Time

Jan 1, 2018
Courtesy photo/NHPR

As forecasters keep an eye on low pressure that could bring snow to Rhode Island and Massachusetts later this week, Researchers at the University of New Hampshire say they have a new way of measuring snow totals this winter that could help them learn more about climate change.

The new scales function almost like a scale you might have in your bathroom. They lie flat on the ground and constantly measure the amount of water in the snow as it piles up or melts down.

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It looks like this will be a white Christmas for Rhode Island and the South Coast. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will hover around freezing through the holiday.

Weather Service spokesman Bill Simpson said flakes will likely start falling late this weekend.

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. 

National Weather Service

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

RI Mostly Done With Snow...Until Wednesday

Feb 13, 2017
National Weather Service

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.

National Weather Service

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

Rhode Islanders Hunker Down During Storm

Feb 9, 2017
Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Islanders across the state are hunkering down through today’s snowstorm. Roads in Providence are quiet; the normally busy streets of the capital city are dead save for the snow plows and few brave souls driving. Inches are accumulating faster than can be plowed.

RIPR's Intrepid Engineer sips cocoa during the storm
Lisa Read / RIPR

With the forecast being for 10 to 15 inches of snow (!!!) across the Providence region today, why is your Intrepid Engineer smugly sipping hot cocoa in his kitchen, instead of frantically sweeping mounds of snow from the satellite dish?

John Bender / RIPR

 This post has been updated.

In a scene reminiscent of winter, schools have been closed and parking bans enforced on this early day of spring.

The storm was expected to leave up to eight inches of snow before tapering off mid-morning. But the National Weather Service reports that most of Rhode Island got just three-four inches. Burrillville topped the list of snow totals at about six inches.

National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Nocera said most of the snow will melt away by mid-week.

Arctic temperatures are heading our way. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for Rhode Island, lasting through the weekend. Temperatures are forecast to plunge as low as 30 degrees below zero with the wind chill.

A cold front moving south from the upper Arctic is the reason for the falling temperatures, which are expected to reach the twenties on Friday before plunging into the teens and eventually single digits over the weekend.

National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said the air will feel even colder thanks to subzero wind chills.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Snow fell across Rhode Island Monday, just days after Friday's storm, which knocked out power to thousands of National Grid customers. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Many schools canceled  a second day of classes, and municipalities are enforcing parking bans. 

Staci Fischer

Updated at 5:00 pm

 More than 36,000 Rhode Island customers were without power as of this afternoon. Some 200 individual outages are spread across the state.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The state Department of Transportation is ready for the first snow of the season. The agency will be deploying dozens of trucks across the state Monday and Tuesday.

DOT officials say more than one-hundred sand-and-salt trucks are at the ready for the expected one to three inches of snow. The trucks haven’t seen much use this season, with temperatures reaching above sixty degrees earlier this month.

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