Winter Storm Warning continues until 10am Friday morning for the entire ABC6 viewing area. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 11am Friday morning for Plymouth county, MA and the Cape, where winds will be stronger causing worse blowing/drifting of the snow. A Wind Chill Advisory has also been issued. We are expecting total snowfall of 6 to 10 inches in the capital city, with higher amounts possible east of RI, and lesser amounts to the southwest of Providence. As of midnight Thursday night, most of RI had received between 3 and 5 inches of snow, with an additional 3 to 5 inches expected by 7am Friday. Another inch or two of snow is possible after daybreak Friday, but the worst of the storm is going to occur before sunrise, with 40+mph gusts and sub-zero wind chills.
Another point to consider is the extreme cold that will follow the storm. Highs in the lower teens on Friday, and lows from zero to 10 below Friday night. These will be some of the coldest temperatures we've felt in years. Due to the extreme cold, it's important to have a winter safety kit in your car in case you become stranded.
Snow will be heavy through the overnight hours, with snowfall rates of 1" per hour across much of the region. Providence should see at least 6 inches by Friday morning, possibly as much as 10 inches.
Dangerous wind chills from 10 to 20 below are expected on Friday morning. The strong winds will cause considerable blowing/drifting of the snow creating low visibilities and hazardous driving conditions through Friday morning.
Snow will taper off by 10 a.m. Friday morning; however, the wind chill levels will be sub-zero throughout the day. People should be advised that there is a risk of frostbite and hypothermia.