Stormy Night Ahead
The real star of this show will be rain and wind. The thing about this storm is that the affects will be felt possibly days after it moves out.
Starting along the south coast this evening, we are expecting rain as temperatures continue to rise well into the 40s. The rain will become locally very heavy and will likely be measured in inches.
It will wash away any snow but the combination of snowmelt and heavy rain will likely send 3 area rivers into minor flood Thursday. A FLOOD WARNING is in effect for the Wood River in Richmond, Pawcatuck in Westerly and the Pawtuxet in Cranston, all are expected to go into minor flood Thursday and remain high through Saturday.
We have a COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY is in effect for coastal areas including Narragansett Bay and the northern half of Buzzard’s Bay from 8pm tonight through 3am Thursday. With a strong southerly wind heaping up the water along the south coast and high tide happening around 11pm, we could see up to half a foot of coastal inundation.
The coast will also bear the brunt of extreme winds this storm will make. Gusts of 45-50 mph are possible and a WIND ADVISORY has been issued for tonight starting at 9pm through 9am Thursday for coastal areas. Thursday will be mostly cloudy and mainly dry after mid-morning, but breezes will remain high and temperatures will drop through the 40s through the day. Friday through the weekend look dry and mostly cloudy.