Wednesday storm: Snow west of 95, rain east
While thousands of southern New England residents are STILL hoping to get their power back, we are watching ANOTHER nor'easter in the forecast.
This storm will arrive Wednesday, with the worst of it moving through late in the afternoon into the night.
A developing area of low pressure will drive through the Midwest. Energy will redefine itself off the coast of the Carolina's and start to slide towards southern New England in a VERY familiar fashion.
As expected, the National Weather Service has elevated the snow concern for parts of Rhode Island. A Winter Storm Warning is now effect for parts of Providence and Kent County. This implies that there will be higher accumulation and ultimately more difficult travel. The Winter Storm Watch stays in effect for other parts of RI but now includes northern Bristol County, MA.
At this point, it looks like the Wednesday evening commute will be greatly impacted with the threat of heavy snow, strong wind gusts and potentially heavy rain for parts of the area, as well.
By early Thursday morning, we should see some rather large snow totals over inland areas, especially to our north and west. The I-95 corridor should range between 3-6". There is still wiggle room in the final snow banding, but you'll see that the lower amounts will be towards the coastline. It is likely that areas toward the southeast coast flip over to rain after perhaps a couple of inches of slushy accumulation.
One of our biggest concerns is if these wind gusts combine with the zone of heaviest, wet snow:
The risk for additional power outages will increase.
There will be tweaks here and there but we are narrowing in on how this plays out. Be sure to check back in with us this evening of course will have continuous updates all day Wednesday.
-Chief Meteorologist Mark Searles and Meteorologist Zack Green