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Rhode Island Snow Forecast: NWS Predicts Up to One Foot Accumulation on Tuesday

AutoRhode Island Snow Forecast: NWS Predicts Up to One Foot Accumulation on Tuesday

Snowstorm Alert: Up to 13 Inches Expected in Rhode Island

Overview of the Forecast

Forget the warm temperatures from this weekend and expect a snowy Tuesday. Up to 13 inches of snow might blanket parts of northern Rhode Island, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Most of the state is under either a Winter Storm Watch or Winter Storm Warning.

Timing and Impact

The storm is expected to start around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning and to impact the Tuesday morning commute. The NWS said snow could last to 1 a.m. Wednesday. Travel could be very difficult to impossible with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour at times. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will particularly impact the Tuesday morning commute.

Wind and Power Outage Risks

Wind gusts could be as high as 40 mph, leading to wet snow and gusty winds that may result in power outages.

Snowfall Predictions and Uncertainty

Variability in Snowfall Estimates

As is typical, the heaviest snow is expected in the northern part of Rhode Island, with less snowfall near the coastline. However, there is significant uncertainty regarding snowfall amounts.

Factors Affecting Snowfall

The track of the low-pressure system moving through the region will dictate the final snow totals across the region. Confidence in snowfall amounts is very low for a snow event this close in time, according to the NWS.

Potential Impacts on Travel

It is possible the region could get little to no snow, but there is also a possibility for several inches of snow late Monday night. The latter scenario could impact the Tuesday morning commute for portions of the area.

Historical Resilience in the Face of Winter Challenges

Rochesterians’ Response to Winter

As the snow and cold blanket the city once again, Rochesterians are reminded that winter here is not for the faint of heart. However, in the face of biting cold and sometimes relentless snow, Rochesterians have proven time and again that they are a resilient bunch.

Iconic Winter Photos

A collection of iconic winter photos from across the decades showcases the spirit of Rochester. These images tell a tale of endurance – and show a certain beauty found amidst our winter challenges.

Examples of Resilience

One photograph captures a Rochester man pulling a shopping cart full of groceries bought at the Wegmans on East Avenue, undeterred by the snowy conditions one day in 1999. Another photo shows a child laughing as snow flies up into his face as he races down a hill while at Ellison Park in Brighton in 2005.

Drawing Inspiration

As winter continues to make its mark on the city this year, Rochesterians can draw inspiration from these images of the past, remembering that despite any harsh weather conditions that come our way, Rochesterians’ toughness and perseverance will prevail once again.

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