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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.

Providence Extends School Year, To Make Up For Snow Days

Feb 6, 2015

Providence Public Schools have maxed out their snow days.  The district has called 5 snow days, already 2 more than they planned for.  

Spokesperson Christina O’Reilly said the district will have to extend the school year until June 25th.  “At this point we’ve assured families, and staff that February vacation is not going to be on the table,” said Reilly. 

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.

Deep Freeze Could Make For Messy Commute

Feb 3, 2015
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As Rhode Islanders continue to dig out from Monday’s snow storm, they’ll have to do it in the frigid cold.

Across the state, temperatures are hovering around ten degrees, with wind chills making it well below zero.  National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Nocera said Rhode Island won’t get much a reprieve as the day wears on.  “Despite some sunshine temperatures are only going to get up to 15, 17 degrees, that’s it.  The good news is that the winds will diminish this afternoon,” said Nocera.

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Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are getting generally high marks for their response to the blizzard earlier this week.  The state continues to dig out from the major winter storm.

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.  

Temperatures are plummeting, as the east coast gets slammed by an arctic blast.  The state Department of Emergency Management is responding by opening warming centers across the state.

The colder than normal temperatures in Rhode Island are hitting dangerously low levels.  Wind chills well below freezing make frostbite and hypothermia real risks if you’re outside.

In response Rhode Island’s Department of emergency management has opened more than a dozen warming centers in Newport, South Kingstown, Pawtucket, and East Greenwich, among others, to help the public keep warm.

Cold Snap Hits Rhode Island

Jan 7, 2015

An arctic blast is sweeping through southern New England.  

It’s bringing gusty winds and dangerously frigid temperatures.  The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous outlook, as well as a wind chill advisory.  Rebecca Gould is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Temperatures Thurdsay are going to start in the twenties, and then by early this evening fall into the teens, and then overnight into the single digits,” said Gould.  

As temperatures sink in Rhode Island, the state’s homeless population is especially vulnerable.  Thermometers are expected to hover well below freezing through the weekend.   

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.


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