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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.

The latest in a series of snow storms is putting pressure on municipal budgets.  City and town leaders are reacting in different ways. 

In Pawtucket, snow-removal costs have led Mayor Donald Grebien to tell department heads to hold the line on new spending.

Courtesy Save The Bay

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.

Heavy Wet Snows Expected For Saturday

Jan 23, 2015

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.

Frigid Weather Persists Across Rhode Island

Jan 9, 2015

Things are a bit warmer Friday compared to the single digit temperatures of the past several days. 

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will hover in the low thirties today, before dipping back into the teens overnight. Bill Simpson is spokesman for the National Weather Service. “We’re still gonna continue to be cold, tomorrow’s lows in the lower teens, and the highs in the mid-twenties, so we’re still going to be running a good eight to ten degrees below normal through the weekend,” said Simpson.

Frigid Temps Sweep Across Rhode Island

Jan 8, 2015

Though we’re not breaking any records, temperatures are well below freezing in Rhode Island.  

    

Thermometers are barely climbing out of the single digits across the state.  The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory. The chill predicted to drop to twenty below.  Meteorologist Alan Dunham said that dangerously low.  “Well whenever you get wind chill temperatures this cold, you can start getting frostbite in only thirty minutes, with wind chill temperatures twenty degrees below zero,” said Dunham.  

Rhode Island In For A Wet, Warm Christmas

Dec 24, 2014

Rhode Island is in for a wet Christmas.  And, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, unseasonably warm weather.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures could hit the upper fifties on Christmas Eve.  There won’t be any snow, but the state can still expect precipitation in the form of heavy rain into Christmas Day.  National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick said temperatures could reach near-record highs.   “Normal highs usually run around forty degrees so for the next three days we can expect unseasonable warmth,” said Buttrick.

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Here’s how National Weather Service meteorologist Kim Buttrick described what’s in store for Rhode Island today:

“It’s a potpourri of weather elements.”

Buttrick said we could see up to two and a half inches of rain. That’s why there’s a coastal flood watch, and there could be some flooding further inland.

“Culverts, street flooding, ponding on roadways, nuisance stuff," said Buttrick. "Nuisance for the morning commute, nuisance for the afternoon commute.”

Buttrick said high winds could toss about southern Rhode Island, with speeds up to 50 miles an hour.

Rhode Islanders may be in for a hairy afternoon commute today.  The National Weather service has issued a wind advisory starting at 3 this afternoon.  Wind speeds may hit 20 to 25 miles per hour with gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Simpson said the southern part of the state will feel the brunt of the weather.

“The coasts will be more likely to have the highest winds.  Newport, you could see wind gusts over fifty miles per hour, little bit less in the Northern part of the state.”

Hurricane Arthur is churning towards New England. But forecasters are worried about an entirely different weather system hitting the area today. 

National Weather Service meteorologist Glenn Field is hunkering down for a busy day. This afternoon and evening, Field says he’s watching a cold front that’s on track to bring severe weather and a couple of inches of rain to Rhode Island.

Looks Like Spring, Feels Like Winter

Apr 16, 2014
John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Islanders may have had to dig those winter coats back out this morning.

After a warm weekend, with highs in the sixties, residents woke up to sleet, and icy windshields.

The National Weather Service reports that temperatures dropped into the low thirties overnight, with just under a half inch of precipitation measured at T.F. Green Airport.

And though the skies have cleared up temperatures are expected to hover in the forties Wednesday, with lows in the twenties.  Only slightly warmer weather is predicted for the rest of the week.

RI Could Get Less Snow Than Expected

Mar 25, 2014

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."

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