Headlines: Quick Hitting Storm. Blizzard possible Tuesday and Tuesday Night. Snow will stack up fast – 2 to 3 inches per hour possible (12-14 inches in 6 hours possible). Tuesday morning into the afternoon. Heavy snow (12-18+ inches) Tuesday into Tuesday night. Strong to damaging wind gusts (50+ mph) along the MA and RI coasts.
Forecast Details: Snow will arrive around 4-6 AM Tuesday morning and become heavy at times with reduced visibility and snow fall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour through the day. The snow will taper off and end around 6 PM Tuesday evening. There is a chance of some rain and sleet mixing in along the south coast of RI.
Total accumulation will be 4 to 8 inches along the coast where there is mixed precipitation. Close to 12 inches in the central part of the state including the Providence area and as much as 12-15 inches in the northern and western part of the state.
-A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
- Stay off the Roads.
If travel is absolutely necessary, ensure your vehicle is ready for safe winter driving. Keep the gas tank at least half-full and have a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk.
- Check on your at risk neighbors, family and friends. Bring pets and companion animals inside during winter weather.
- Prepare for possible power outages. Fully charge your cellphone, laptop, and other electronic devices before a storm if power outages are expected. The National Grid number to report an outage is 1-800-465-1212.
- Carbon Monoxide; The Silent Killer. Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries.
- Don’t Crowd the Plow. Keep yourself and our plow drivers safe. If you can’t see their rear-mirror, they can’t see you.
- Continue to monitor media for emergency information and follow instructions from public safety officials. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies, including downed power lines and gas leaks.
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