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.
Rhode Islanders are in for another arctic blast starting Friday. Temperatures plunged into the single digits, and the National Weather Service says things will only warm up to the high teens through the weekend.
Meteorologist Mathew Belk, said wind chills will make temperatures feel far below zero. “Wind chills are going to be generally in the minus fifteen to minus 24 range, so it’s going to feel pretty chilly out there,” said Belk.
Yet another winter storm has blanketed Rhode Island in snow. This weekend saw more than a foot of the white stuff fall in areas including North Providence, Burrilville and Warren. Residents are now dealing with arctic temperatures.
National Grid has completed installing the last of seven weather stations throughout Rhode Island. This program collects local weather information in real time.
The weather stations are strategically located in Coventry, Bristol, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, and Little Compton. The town of Westerly has had its weather station for only a couple of weeks, and already it’s proved to be useful, said Amy Grzybowski, the town’s emergency management director.
Seals from Maine and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada start migrating to Narragansett Bay in October. But February is one of the best months for seal watching in Narragansett Bay. That’s when the number of migrating seals peaks, ranging between 300-500.
Rhode Islanders have more snow to deal with, as yet another winter storm hits the northeast. Forecasters are predicting around a foot of snow will fall in Rhode Island by the end of the day Monday. Nearly a foot of snow had already fallen in some areas by 4 p.m.
Most of the heavy snowfall was concentrated in northern areas including Pawtucket, Cumberland and Providence. Southern parts of the state, like Newport and Westerly, saw snow totals on the order of 3-5 inches.
Rhode Islanders will face arctic temperatures Friday. According to the National Weather Service temperatures have been hovering in the single digits, and even hitting zero degrees in some parts of the state. Wind chills will make temperatures feel well below zero.
Get ready for extremely cold temperatures. Rhode Island got a brief reprieve Wednesday, but forecasters say the mercury will start falling Thursday afternoon, and may get down to -4 Fahrenheit through the night.
With the wind chill, possible temperatures could feel as cold as -15. Snow could also be on the way. The National Weather Service says there's a chance for snow showers late Thursday morning. Then they're expecting more of the white stuff possibly as early as Saturday. Right now, they believe the heaviest snowfall is likely on Sunday and Monday, the 9th.
A winter storm is expected to hit Rhode Island this weekend. The National Weather Service has already issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region.
Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson said there will be a wide range of snowfall across the state. “It’s going to be a pretty big variability with the snow amounts. Newport: probably just a trace, a little bit more, and up in the far northwest part of Rhode Island could be upwards of six maybe even a little bit more. Within greater Providence itself, probably 1 to 3 inches,” said Simpson.