Forecast Update: Midweek Nor’easter is cranking

The nasty Nor’easter is delivering on its promise of wind, rain, and snow in the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Snow has been falling since mid-morning in Connecticut, and many places have already picked up 3-4″. In RI and SE MA, it’s been a wintry mix of snow, rain, and sleet. As the afternoon wears on, many are seeing a changeover to all snow that is starting to stick to the west of Interstate 95.

The wind has been gusting to 50+ mph for eight straight hours on Nantucket, and the Cape/Islands have seen gusts near 60 mph. The howling wind will continue through this evening.

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Here are some highlights of what’s ahead for tonight and tomorrow.

  • A change to a wintry mix or snow for most of RI and MA from the I-95 corridor west is likely by early this evening.
  • The temperature will drop below freezing in NW RI, NE CT, and Worcester County, so some icy roadways are likely.
  • The temperature should stay at or above freezing in Providence, and accumulating snow on the main roads and highways is less likely.
  • It will probably stay as a chilly rain from Narragansett east to the Buzzards Bay and Cape.
  • Late this evening, some milder air will move in at about 7,000 feet above the surface. This should help to change any snow to mixed precipitation or rain.
  • The temperature will stay at or below freezing through the night in NW RI. Untreated roads may stay slick.
  • The storm’s impact tomorrow will be less severe. It will be a showery, cool, and breezy to windy day. Highs will struggle to reach 40 in NW RI, and will be in the 40s elsewhere.

Here is the updated accumulation map. Notice that most of the area west of I-95 is in the 1-3″ range.

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Fred Campagna

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