Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Estimates vary widely on how much snow to expect Friday night.
UPDATE - 4:43 p.m.: The National Weather Service has upgraded this morning's Winter Storm Watch to a Blizzard Watch, warning of a potentially historic nor'easter bringing 1 to 2 feet of snow across much of the region. Accumulations could range between 10 – 18 inches with the potential of 12 – 24 inches in areas. Northeasterly winds of 25 – 35 mph may gust as high as 50 mph, resulting in downed trees and power outages. 12:30 p.m. - Local and national forecasters agree on one thing, at least — there's the potential for a major winter storm Friday night into Saturday. Keep an eye on updated weather conditions with the Woonsocket Patch Weather Page. But whether Woonsocket gets the foot-plus being predicted in some places, or just a …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
National Weather Service Alert In Effect Through 8 a.m. Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Woonsocket and the rest of the state, beginning at about 9 p.m. tonight and lasting through the evening till 8 a.m. Thursday. Strong southwest winds of 20 - 30 mph with gusts of 50 - 60 mph will move into our area later this evening. In addition to the wind, 3/4 inch - 1 inch of rain is possible with this system and some localized flooding may occur. Damage to trees, power lines and property is possible with winds at these speeds, according to the alert. Officials also caution people to secure outdoor objects to prevent them from being blown around during the evening.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Be careful when you head out this morning.
It will reach a balmy 38 degrees today — good news if you're a fan of melting ice and snow. But it's just 30 degrees early this morning in Woonsocket. That means your walkway, driveway and perhaps your street could be covered in frozen sleet and ice. Be prepared for icy conditions this morning and take extra time to get to your destination. The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement addressing the slippery conditions, warning people "venturing out of doors or driving early this morning" to "use caution and take extra time in reaching their destinations." The freezing point will be broken late this morning.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Snow to begin at 1 p.m., switching to rain from 4 to 7 p.m.
UPDATE: All after-school activites and sports have been canceled for today. The temperatures are finally climbing out of the basement, but not far enough to prevent a little snow this afternoon, turning into freezing rain just in time for the evening commute. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the afternoon and a Hazardous Weather Outlook in effect till 6 a.m. Tuesday. Beginning at 1 p.m., snow, about 1-2 inches, is expected to start, changing throughout the day to sleet, then freezing rain - expected to begin between 4 and 7 p.m. throughout northern Rhode Island and northern Connecticut.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Temperatures may feel as cold as 18 below zero from 7 p.m. till 10 a.m. tomorrow.
If there's nothing pressing on your social calendar tonight, officials advise staying inside — a Wind Chill Advisory for Woonsocket warns temperatures may feel as cold as 18 degrees below zero. The National Weather Service issued the advisory for parts of RI as well as locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, in effect from 7 p.m. tonight through 10 a.m. on Friday. This evening's single digit air temperature, combined with northwest winds of 10 - 15 mph and gusts of 35 mph will result in dangerously cold wind chill values that are expected to dip down as low as 18 degrees below 0, according to the advisory. Officials urge extreme caution for anyone who needs to travel tonight. The threat of frostbite or hypothermia will be heightened …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
CDC offers tips on keeping extreme cold at bay.
The National Weather Service predicts we'll feel some of the coldest temperatures of the season during the next 72 hours. An arctic blast of frigid air will cause evening temperatures to drop into the single digits and daytime highs will struggle to get out of the teens. "This will definitely be the coldest weather so far this season, and perhaps even colder than anything observed last winter," according to the NWS. The US Center’s for Disease Control & Prevention’s brochure, entitled “EXTREME COLD: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health & Safety,” provides a number of tips people can use to help combat the cold and its effects on homes, cars and people this week.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
National Weather Service offers tips on dealing with extreme cold.
Temperatures in the teens today are forecasted to climb briefly into the 20s before falling again, according to The Weather Channel, with wind chill making that feel more like 10 degrees today and tomorrow. The National Weather Service has provided some tips on dealing with very cold temperatures: The National Weather Service has also posted a series of instructions for dealing with extreme cold and winter storms before, during and after.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Weather Service warns drivers off roads as storm intensifies.
The National Weather Service has upgraded its Winter Storm Watch for the area to a Winter Storm Warning, adding a Wind Advisory, Hazardous Weather Outlook and Special Weather Statement, the last warning against travel tonight. The NWS reports snow will fall tonight at rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Rhode Island is expected to get 4 to 8 inches, but a swath of the state and eastern Massachusetts - near Woonsocket - is expected to get 6 to 12 inches. By about 8:42 p.m., Woonsocket Patch reader Yvette Ayotte reported there were already about six inches fallen in the city. On Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., the wind advisory warns of winds from 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph. The strongest gusts are expected between 10 a.m. and 6 p…
Friday, December 28, 2012
A second storm is headed to the area and could make driving hazardous on Saturday.
A second storm of the week is headed toward New England and will dump a bit more snow onto the area on Saturday. The National Weather Service is predicting Woonsocket to get about 2 inches of snow in the storm that is expected to start around noon Saturday, ending late Saturday night. Patchy fog is expected to worsen visibility as temperatures warm slightly in the afternoon, topping out around 34. The rest of the weekend and early week is looking better — though cooler — in Woonsocket. Expect partly sunny skies with temperatures in the low-30s Sunday and Monday, with overnight lows dipping into the teens. New Year's Day should warm a bit, with temps topping out in the high-30s under mostly coudy skies.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The National Weather Service is forecasting the chance of snow this afternoon into tomorrow, with no major accumulations.
Rhode Island could get an early coating of snow this afternoon into evening, according to the National Weather Service. A hazardous weather advisory and a high-wind warning went into effect just before 4 am on Wednesday, forecasting a 80-percent chance of rain through early afternoon with the possibility of a change to snow until about 8 pm. Total snowfall should be less than an inch and a half total, the NWS reported. After 8 pm, the chance of rain is expected to linger until Thursday night. The wind advisory, in effect through Thursday morning, notes that wind speeds are expected to reach 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of 50 mph possible.