Snow to Rain Wednesday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY AND WESTERN MA AS WELL AS NH AND VT. FOR TOMORROW INTO THURSDAY MORNING.

Our next storm is over the southern plains and will track into Ohio and then through northern New England. Expect light to moderate snow Wednesday afternoon changing to rain during the evening commute for Rhode Island.

Snow begins 1-3 pm and changes to rain 6 – 8 pm

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The warm front will push north of us during the evening. This will bring in heavy rain and a strong south wind.

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Best time to remove the snow is just before the changeover to rain! It will become a heavy cement-like snow once it absorbs the rainfall

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The rain-snow line will be in this position during the evening commute and will march northward through southern New England during Wednesday evening. This will deliver a moderate to heavy rain after a general 1 to 3 inches of snow.

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Forecast and graphics prepared by Meteorologist Nick Morganelli

TODAY: Sun and clouds. Mild and Breezy. High near 40.

TONIGHT: Stars and Clouds, Low near 30. Light Wind.

WEDNESDAY: Clouding up with afternoon snow developing. Temperatures in the 30s rising to 40s in the evening. Generally under 2 inches before changing to rain.

THURSDAY: Sun and clouds. Windy. 40s.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY: Dry and mild. Near 40.

 

WHY THE MILD, SNOW-LESS WINTER?

A BIG INFLUENCE IS OCEAN TEMPERATURES IN THE PACIFIC.

La Nina (opposite of El Nino and one of the reasons for our mild, snow-less winter) occurs periodically. This year it’s back.

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Much like upwelling at our shoreline, the cooler water just below the surface rises when the warm surface water is pushed away by the trade winds. At our Rhode Island beaches, when there’s a land breeze, the same effect happens on a smaller scale. Warmer gulf stream waters are pushed away from the shoreline and cooler water at greater depths along the continental shelf rise to the surface.

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Those fast winds at about 5 miles up govern our weather pattern and this is pretty close to what we’ve had this winter so far. We’ll have to see whether La Nina conditions wane in February and March. If they do, that pattern may turn more wintry than spring-like.

January, our normally coldest month, is just about done and it will go on record as a warm one. There is an indication that winter cold and the chance for snow may be in the offing for the last weekend of the month and prepare to welcome February.

 

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