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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."

Springtime Snow On The Way For Rhode Island

Mar 24, 2014
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

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.

    

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Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets

Feb 17, 2014
Catherine Welch / RIPR

The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.

Providence’s Public Works Director, William Bombard, described this winter’s snowfall as above average, but says Providence still has plenty of resources to face any further storms.

“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.

Rhode Island Hunkers Down For Yet Another Winter Storm

Feb 13, 2014
John Bender / RIPR

Snowflakes started falling early this morning, but already the precipitation is picking up as a winter storm sweeps across Rhode Island.

Matt Doody a meteorologist for the national weather service, said snow fall is expected to get very heavy over the next several hours.

“You’re looking at maybe like four to six inches closer to the coast.  You’re getting closer to the six plus to six to eight inches from Providence up into the northern part of the state," said Doody.

John Bender / RIPR

Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.

A list of closings and parking bans can be found here.

Storm Dumps Nearly A Foot Of Snow On Rhode Island

Jan 21, 2014
Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island is waking up under a blanket of snow, the second storm of the year. Forecasters said the storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on some parts of the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said some places got hit with almost a foot. “Heaviest snowfall so far has been over Providence County, said Dunham. “Leader of the pack right now is North Smithfield with eleven inches.”

Cold Temperatures Heading Our Way

Jan 6, 2014
Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island has been basking in unusually warm temperatures for a January day. According to the National Weather Service, most parts of the state were in the low 50’s throughout Monday.  But a big change is just around the corner.

Rhode Island has been on a weather rollercoaster for the last four days.  The temperature has swung from a near record low last week to a comfortable 50-plus degrees Monday. But National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley says it will get very cold tonight and will remain so through Thursday.

PCAU
Aaron Read / RIPR

UPDATE (Jan.10):  Verizon sent a trio of techs today to examine the Digital Lines.  They found a splice point on a pole near the Wheeler Farm end of the circuit where water had gotten past the weatherproofing.  The splice was re-done, with fresh (and better) weatherproofing sealant applied, and a weather box placed around it.

That's likely the culprit here: the problems started during the snowstorm, so probably water got in there and expanded/contracted repeatedly as the water froze and melted.  That expansion wreaks havoc with (relatively) fragile copper telco wiring.

As of 3pm we are back on our main STL.  We've noticed the volume levels seemed to have changed somewhat with this repair, too, so we're still tweaking things.

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ORIGINAL POST (Jan.3): Ever since the hefty snowstorm and extreme cold on Thursday night, our 88.1 signal in Providence has been experiencing "digital chirps" now and then.  

Rhode Islanders Can't Rely On A White Christmas

Dec 23, 2013
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island set a record high temperature yesterday when the mercury hit 63 at T.F. Green Airport. The previous record was 61 set in 1990.

The unusually warm weather wiped away most of the snow on the ground.

So how often Rhode Island gets a white Christmas?

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