Storm Team 10: Winter Storm Warning expanded for Southern New England
We've been tracking in the snow for the end of the week, and just this morning, the forecast has shifted significantly.
Early Thursday morning, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch and Warning for all of southern New England. Rhode Island, along with most of Bristol and Plymouth County, comprise the Watch. The Warning is reserved for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Block Island.
The first flakes will likely arrive by 2-3am and persist through 3-4pm. The morning commute will likely be the worst time for the roads. It will taper off from west to east, thus the Cape will see snow showers later in the day than RI.
Accumulation will follow the same trend as the Watch and Warning locations. From the southern Rhode Island coastline to Providence, many will measure 4" with locally higher amounts. Northern Rhode Island up through Worcester County will likely record less. Southeastern Massachusetts will see the brunt of the system. Hi-resolution models indicating some locations will exceed a half-a-foot.
This system will be moving rather quickly and sunshine will return Saturday. But, anything that does fall will stick around all weekend long as afternoon highs drop off significantly. Both afternoons will be in the 20s and low 30s.
Updates to come throughout the day!
-Meteorologist Zack Green