The following was updated at 4:07 p.m. from a previous version. The storm’s timing and accumulation estimates have changed.
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Forecasters are keeping a close eye on a winter storm, which is expected to bring “plowable snow” Thursday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Snow is expected to start early Thursday morning. According to the NWS, Portsmouth could see between 8 to 12 inches of snow.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Wednesday evening through late Thursday night.
From the NWS website:
The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from Wednesday evening through late Thursday night.
* LOCATIONS…Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
* HAZARD TYPES…Heavy snow.
* Accumulations…Snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches.
* TIMING…Snow will begin early Thursday morning and last through
much of the day before ending Thursday evening. Snow could fall
heavy at times and impact both the morning and evening commutes.
* IMPACTS…Hazardous travel due to snow covered roads and poor
visibilities. Blowing and drifting snow is possible.
* Winds…North 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
The NWS also posted the following forecast on Tuesday:
Wednesday NightA chance of rain and snow before midnight, then snow. Low around 31. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
ThursdaySnow, mainly before 1pm. High near 35. North wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Thursday NightA slight chance of snow before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Chance of precipitation is 20%.