Slippery Conditions For Tonight With Falling Snow
A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for Providence and Kent counties through 7 AM Monday. This is mostly going to be a snow shoveling event.
Light snow for the most part has been falling across the region early this evening, there are some heavier pockets here and there at times, and with temperatures below freezing untreated roads are becoming slippery and snow covered. Drivers should be prepared for lower visibilities (down under a mile at times) tonight. This is going to be a fast moving event, lasting about 10-12 hours and the steadiest period of snowfall will winding down by 1-2 AM as the storm’s energy shifts to a developing Low well south of Nantucket and begins to move away from New England. The last of any snows will be completely done by 6 AM Monday. So, the Monday morning commute will see clouds breaking up, but where the roads have yet to be treated things will still be quite slippery.
I’m expected snowfall totals to be on the order of 1-2 inches throughout much of the Rhode Island with the northwestern hills from Burrillville south to Coventry picking up a 3rd or even 4th inch in some of the highest parts of town. For Newport county an inch or less of snowfall is more likely to result. For Southeastern MA this is mainly going to be an inch or less and no accumulatio expected for the Cape as this will be mainly rain there.
Lows tonight will drop into the upper 20s and winds will be light from the Northeast at 5-15mph this evening and become more northerly after midnight which will help to bring an end to the steady snowfall. As we go through the day Monday the sky will clear and temperatures will rise into the melting range reaching the mid 30’s for highs. For Monday night temperatures will drop back below freezing so any wet surfaces will become slippery again.
The midweek stretch will be cold and dry with highs mostly in the mid 30s and then by the end of the week there looks to be another storm coming our way. Right now, it looks like rain develops Friday and mixes with or possibly changes to Snow Friday night /early Saturday. It is really too soon to call out any details and the look of that potential storm system will certainly change during the week so tune into ABC6 news for all the latest forecast trends.
ABC6 Meteorologist, Bill Gile