Strong Afternoon Wind Gusts then Arctic Cold Surges In!

A High Wind Warning continues in effect, issued by the National Weather Service through the day as gusts are likely reach for 50 mph again early to mid-afternoon. There have already been recorded gusts over 55mph in the ocean state. (Map below are peak gusts from 9 am)


Here is the latest maximum wind gust report from the National Weather Service:

Rhode Island

Conimicut Light                 63 MPH    0548 AM 12/23 
Bristol Harbor (Castle Island)  57 MPH    0319 AM 12/23 
Halfway Rock                    55 MPH    0407 AM 12/23 
Point Judith                    53 MPH    0125 AM 12/23 
Sabin Point                     50 MPH    0427 AM 12/23 
Newport                         45 MPH    0118 AM 12/23   
3 SE 
East Greenwich             41 MPH    0200 AM 12/23   
Kent County 
RI TF Green AP 54 MPH 0251 AM 12/23 
Newport County Fogland 57 MPH 0517 AM 12/23 
Beavertail 54 MPH 0516 AM 12/23 
Rose Island 51 MPH 0517 AM 12/23 
Newport AP 44 MPH 0143 AM 12/23 
Sakonnet Vineyards 41 MPH 0513 AM 12/23 
Providence County 
Fox Point 47 MPH 0524 AM 12/23 1 WSW 
East Providence 45 MPH 0448 AM 12/23 
North Central State Airport 44 MPH 0555 AM 12/23
Washington County 
New Shoreham 60 MPH 0559 AM 12/23 
Block Island Jetty 49 MPH 0922 PM 12/22 
URI 45 MPH 0549 AM 12/23 
Block Island AP 43 MPH 0538 AM 12/23 
Quonset AP 43 MPH 1050 PM 12/22 
Ninigret Pond 41 MPH 0537 AM 12/23

Tree damage has caused widespread power outages across all of southern New England.


Bundle up this evening through Christmas morning! Feel-like temperatures will range between 1o below zero to 15 above from Friday evening through Christmas morning. 

Following the rain from this storm, a cold front will push through around 3pm today and open the door to a surge of frigid air.

We will see any standing water freezing up overnight Friday. Expect a flash freeze this evening. If you have any travel plans mid-late evening, be mindful of that.

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The arctic air is with us both Saturday and Sunday for the holiday weekend. Wind chill will hover near zero all day Saturday into Christmas Eve.

High pressure builds in on Christmas Day with dry, cold air and sunshine.

The morning high tide caused a lot of splash over with wave action and many coastal roads have standing water and were flooded. The threat has ended for further flooding.

Today: Expect another round of strong wind gusts early to mid afternoon. Periods of wind-driven rain through 3pm. Temperatures steady in the 50s through 2pm. SE wind  gusting 40-55 mph shifting to the WSW after 3 pm. Temperatures will fall about 5 degrees per hour after 3pm until 9 pm. That’s a 30 degree drop in six hours.

Tonight: Sharply dropping temperatures into the 30s and 10s. by midnight. Wind chill near zero. Low near 16! West wind 20-30 mph. Ocean effect snow showers for south coast communities, Cape Cod, and Islands. A coating is possible overnight

Christmas Weekend:

Saturday: Windy with bitter arctic cold. Early morning sub-zero wind chill. Feels like 0 to 10 most of the day. High near 22.

Christmas Eve.: Starlit and Frigid. Sub-Zero Wind Chill! Temperatures in the teens.

Christmas Day:  Sunny & Breezy. Lows near 15. Highs near 26.

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