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.
Experts are predicting an unusually bad allergy season with high levels of pollen this year. They note that the cold and wet spring has delayed the onset of pollen production and will cause many types of plants to produce allergens at once. Professor Keith Killingbeck of The University of Rhode Island said he was surprised by the intensity of the allergen levels.
The National Weather Service has reported that this week's upcoming snowstorm will be less intense than originally expected, with the state receiving just 1 to 3 inches Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.
National Weather Service spokesman Bill Simpson says that although there have been more storms than usual this winter, the amount of snow is not out of the ordinary.
"It's not that unusual. It's not record-breaking snow, it's not record-breaking cold, but it has been pretty persistent. It's lasting into the first week of spring and maybe almost into early April."
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.