PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Winter is not over yet. A Blizzard Watch is in effect from late Monday night into Tuesday night, just 6 days before the first day of spring.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a major snowstorm is expected to arrive Tuesday and continue into Tuesday night, bringing the possibility of 6 inches of snow or greater, along with drifting and blowing snow.
While it’s still early to say exactly how much snow will arrive, a Blizzard Watch is in effect from late Monday into Tuesday.
BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT... The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Blizzard Watch, which is in effect from late Monday night through late Tuesday night. * LOCATIONS...Southern Rhode Island and east coastal Massachusetts from Boston to Plymouth. * HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow, strong winds, and reduced visibility. * ACCUMULATIONS...Snow accumulation of greater than 6 inches possible along drifting and blowing snow. * TIMING...Tuesday and Tuesday night. * IMPACTS...Rapid snow accumulation as well as blowing and drifting snow may make many roads impassable. There could also be scattered power outages. * WINDS...Northeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts over 50 mph. * TEMPERATURES...In the upper 20s. * VISIBILITIES...One quarter mile or less at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Blizzard Watch means there is a potential for considerable falling and/or blowing snow with sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph, with visibilities below one quarter mile, for at least 3 hours. Whiteout conditions will be possible, making travel very dangerous. Be prepared to alter any travel plans.
No parking bans or closings have been announced at this time. Portsmouth Press will update as more information becomes available. Please check back!