Northwest Providence Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Blizzard Warning
Statement as of 3:53 AM EST on January 26, 2015

...Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 7 PM this evening to 1 am EST Wednesday...

* locations...eastern and southeastern Massachusetts as well as all of Rhode Island.

* Hazard types...heavy snow...strong winds and blizzard conditions. Considerable blowing and drifting snow. Strong to damaging winds.

* Accumulations...snow accumulations of around 20 to 30 inches... with locally higher amounts. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches an hour at times.

* Timing...while the storm is expected to begin late today and linger into early Wednesday...the worst of the storm will be tonight through Tuesday afternoon.

* Impacts...heavy snow and strong winds will result in white-out / blizzard conditions with near zero visibility. Travel will be impossible and life threatening across the entire region. Also snow may be wet enough to result in downed tree limbs and power outages in addition to the winds.

* Winds...north-northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts around 65 to 75 mph. The height of the winds will be late tonight into Tuesday.

* quarter mile or less at times.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Blizzard Warning is issued when sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will become poor with whiteout conditions at times. Those venturing outdoors may become lost or persons in the warning area are advised to stay indoors.

All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon... to allow people already on the Road to safely reach their destination before the heavy snow begins...and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads.