The calendar still says autumn but it sure is looking like winter out there. You’re waking up to a mixture of snow and sleet which may make the morning commute a challenge. National Weather Service meteorologist Hayden Frank says the afternoon commute will be much easier.
"We’ll see a transition from the snow and sleet to rain as we work through Monday morning but the Monday morning commute will be messy because we will be dealing with a mixture of snow and sleet at the time," said Frank on Sunday.
If the National Weather Service is correct, we’re just hours away from the first snowfall of the season.
The National Weather Service is forecasting snow showers to begin Monday and continue through tomorrow morning. Meteorologist Bill Simpson says an Arctic front is moving into southern New England.
"With that Arctic front there could be some snow showers. It won’t be accumulating but any time you have some snow showers with an Arctic front it could snow pretty hard for a short period of time – just enough to make the roads slippery," said Simpson.
The mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain that is currently coming down around Rhode Island is making the roads slippery. National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham says this mix will continue throughout the first part of the morning.
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Cyclists wanting a clear ride on state bike paths during the winter will have to wait until the snow melts.
The Chief of Rhode Island State Parks, Robert Paquette, says the state does not clear bike paths during the winter. “You know, people use them more for cross country skiing in the winter so we don’t plow them, liability reasons. We don’t use salt because a lot of them go to water areas. And so there are many different reasons why we don’t plow our bike paths.”
Paquette adds the parks department will make sure the paths are clear in time for spring riding.
In Cranston, city officials are reminding residents they are required to shovel their sidewalks. Residents have 24 hours from when the snow stops to clear the sidewalks outside their homes.
Mayor Allan Fung says the city has not cited anyone for violating the citywide ordinance. “But we will cite if we have to and have the authority under the ordinance for those willful type violations. You know, completely ignoring the warnings from the officers or anything, you know, ridiculous.”
The National Weather Service is still compiling the data from this past weekend’s snow storm. But even without official measurements Meteorologist Matthew Belk says: we saw a lot of snow. “Looking across Rhode Island we’re looking at widespread accumulations of a foot and a-half to two and a-half feet of snow. The highest snowfall that I see in RI is 27.6 inches in West Glocester.