Winter Storm Warning issued ahead of Thursday's snow
There won't be many complaints with Wednesday's weather but everyone is wondering how Thursday's system will play out.
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. As the low pressure system develops, it will pass to the south of our region and wrap in steady, heavy snow for the majority of the day.
Timeline: the first flakes will likely come in the morning, but the commute should not be too bad. By 10am, the snowfall rates begin to pick up and will be coming down at 1-2" per hour through the mid-afternoon. By the evening, the system will push east and the snow will slow down. By 8pm, most of the accumulating snow will come to an end.
Accumulation: Most will see 6". Rhode Island will likely measure between 8-10" with isolated locations near 12". For Bristol and Plymouth County, lesser amounts are expected.
Impacts: Travel will be the major concern. As wind gusts pick up, blowing and drifting snow will reduce visibility. Snow will accumulate quickly, thus, roadways will be treacherous.
By Friday morning, skies will clear up but the cold moves in. Single digits likely at that.
Much more to come on this system. Be sure to keep it with "10"!
-Meteorologist Zack Green