Major Winter Storm in the Works For Sunday

An area of low pressure off the coast of the Carolinas will quickly intensify into a strong winter storm this morning as it moves up the coast. Snow will begin to fall this afternoon, and it will be heavy at times during the late-afternoon and evening. Winds will increase to 20-40 mph late in the day, with the strongest winds near the coast.

As the storms draws closer to Southern New England later this evening, there is a chance that enough warm air will be pulled into the system that the Cape and the Islands will see a changeover to all rain. This will result in lesser snowfall amounts over Eastern Mass. Even the Providence area could see a changeover to a mixed precipitation and/or rain for a few hours later tonight, before all of Southern New England changes back over to snow early tomorrow morning. The snow will finally taper off Monday afternoon. Peak winds will occur later tonight with gusts over 50 mph near the coast. Scattered power outages may occur due to a period of heavy, wet snow followed by the strong, damaging winds. It will likely stay all snow in Northern RI, Worcester County, and interior CT.

Here is an early estimate of final snow totals:

Northern RI, interior CT, Worcester County – 12-20″
Providence area and interior SE MA – 7-14″ (some mixing possible, higher totals if all snow)
Coast of RI and Buzzards Bay 5-10″ (mixing or change to rain likely)
Cape Cod / Islands – 1-4″ (Snow to rain to snow – strongest winds in these areas)

Matt Lagor, ABC6 Stormtracker Meteorologist

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