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Severe Weather Advisory: Nice today; Snow/wind Tuesday
Severe weather alert: A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for our entire area, with the exception of Block Island. Accumulating snow and wind will create difficult driving conditions late tonight and Tuesday.
Good morning! After a beautiful, springy weekend, we’ll be back in winter tonight and tomorrow. We have a snow storm on the way, and there will be significant accumulations throughout the area; In addition, there will be some strong wind gusts and coastal flooding. So, get your shovels and snow spreaders ready and turn on your gas snow blowers. School cancellations and flight delays are expected in our area. More on the storm below, including city-by-city details on expected snowfall. However, today seems quiet.
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Expect plenty of sunshine again today with temperatures reaching the upper 40s and lower 50s.
High pressure centered over the Great Lakes will keep us calm throughout the day.
We are tracking an area of low pressure that will move from the mid-Atlantic tomorrow morning to south of Nantucket in the afternoon.
This evening looks dry, but the sky will be overcast. Snow should start falling after midnight, be light at first, and then slowly intensify toward dawn. Lows tonight will be in the low 30s.
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The morning commute will be affected by snowfall. School/business closures and flight cancellations are expected. Snow will fall heavy and steady through the morning and into the afternoon, at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour, at times. At this rate, the crew is going to have a hard time keeping up with events… expect difficult travel during the day. The heaviest snow will be between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Snow should fall by early evening.
We expect 6-12 degrees in the Providence area, more to the north and a little lower along the coast where it will be warmer and there may be some mixing.
City by city breakdown
Northeast winds will range between 30 and 40 mph on Tuesday, and are stronger toward the coast. The wind/snow mix will make driving more difficult. Some isolated power outages are possible.
Coastal flooding and erosion
Our coastline is very vulnerable at the moment due to erosion from storms in the last couple of months. While more erosion is possible, the best chance for erosion and any coastal flooding will be around eastern Massachusetts.
I look forward
Wednesday (Valentine’s Day) will be calm and dry. Sure, there may be some delays Wednesday morning, but the weather looks calm with sunny skies and breezy conditions.
-Meteorologist TJ Del Santo
TJ Del Santo (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the weekday morning and noon meteorologist for 12 News. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.