Storm Team 10: Tuesday's winter storm brings quick, heavy accumulation
This has been a jumpy forecast over the past 24 hours. Models have moved the trajectory of the nor'easter and now there is a consensus that rain will likely mix in.
The timing has remained very steady. The first flakes will come before sunrise between 5-6am. By the mid morning (10am), steady, heavy snow will fall across the region. Snowfall rates may exceed 2" per hour! Expect the heaviest to fall through 3pm, and then a transition will likely take place.
As the low pressure moves northeast, rain will wrap in from the coast to inland locations. It will undoubtedly halt the snow accumulation, but the hard hitting system will have already left it's mark with a significant amount of snow. By the evening, dry air will move in and will truly finish this system up in the overnight hours.
When all is said and done, many in Rhode Island will likely see 8-12". Higher amounts will be measured from Providence into Kent County (northern RI) while less will be seen towards the coast. The Cape and Islands will receive the least and max out between 3-6". Once you cross the border into Worcester County, the higher elevations will likely see over 1 foot!
On top of the snow, wind will also be a major factor. Wind gusts will exceed 40mph at times and near 60mph in some locations. This could lead to power outages, so be prepared!
We will be tracking this system all day and bring you continuous updates. Be sure to find the latest by visiting my Facebook and Twitter.
Get the shovel ready!
- Meteorologist Zack Green