Weekend Weather: Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday afternoon thru Sunday evening

In case you hadn’t heard, we have some winter weather ahead over the next few days.

Detailed Forecast for Providence via the National Weather Service

Tonight – A chance of snow, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 21. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday – Snow likely before 1pm, then a chance of rain between 1pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

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Friday Night – Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north after midnight.

Saturday – Increasing clouds, with a high near 29. North wind 6 to 8 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Night – Snow before 3am, then snow and sleet. The sleet could be heavy at times. Low around 23. East wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday – Freezing rain before 3pm, then freezing rain and sleet between 3pm and 5pm, then freezing rain likely, possibly mixed with snow and sleet after 5pm. The freezing rain could be heavy at times. High near 32. East wind 9 to 11 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday Night –A chance of snow and sleet before 7pm, then a chance of snow between 7pm and 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Northwest wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

The following Winter Storm Watch and Special Weather Statement have been issued by the National Weather Service.

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA 426 PM EST Thu Jan 17 2019 CTZ002>004-MAZ002>019-026-RIZ001>004-180530- /O.CON.KBOX.WS.A.0001.190119T2100Z-190121T0000Z/ Hartford CT-Tolland CT-Windham CT-Western Franklin MA- Eastern Franklin MA-Northern Worcester MA-Central Middlesex MA- Western Essex MA-Eastern Essex MA-Western Hampshire MA- Western Hampden MA-Eastern Hampshire MA-Eastern Hampden MA- Southern Worcester MA-Western Norfolk MA-Southeast Middlesex MA- Suffolk MA-Eastern Norfolk MA-Northern Bristol MA- Western Plymouth MA-Eastern Plymouth MA-Northern Middlesex MA- Northwest Providence RI-Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI- Eastern Kent RI- Including the cities of Hartford, Windsor Locks, Union, Vernon, Putnam, Willimantic, Charlemont, Greenfield, Orange, Barre, Fitchburg, Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence, Gloucester, Chesterfield, Blandford, Amherst, Northampton, Springfield, Milford, Worcester, Foxborough, Norwood, Cambridge, Boston, Quincy, Taunton, Brockton, Plymouth, Ayer, Foster, Smithfield, Providence, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Warwick, and West Warwick 426 PM EST Thu Jan 17 2019 

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

* WHAT...Heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Total snow accumulations of 6 inches or more possible with the highest risk north of the Massachusetts turnpike. Highest potential for over a foot of snow is north of route 2 in Massachusetts. In addition, ice accretion of one tenth to three tenths of an inch are possible mainly to the south of the Massachusetts turnpike with localized amounts up to one half inch possible.

* WHERE...Northern Connecticut, northern Rhode Island and all of Massachusetts east of the Berkshires.

* WHEN...Mainly Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Snow develops by early Saturday evening. The snow will change to sleet and freezing rain south of route 2 between midnight and 6 am Sunday. The bulk of the freezing rain and ice accretion is expected south of the Massachusetts turnpike, where some scattered power outages are possible if higher amounts occur. Precipitation may change to a period of all rain along and southeast of the Boston to Providence corridor for a time. If this occurs, rapidly falling temperatures on Sunday may result in a flash freeze. Mixed precipitation will transition back to a period of snow before ending sometime Sunday afternoon or early evening.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA 309 PM EST Thu Jan 17 2019 CTZ002>004-MAZ002>021-026-RIZ001>007-180900- Hartford CT-Tolland CT-Windham CT-Western Franklin MA- Eastern Franklin MA-Northern Worcester MA-Central Middlesex MA- Western Essex MA-Eastern Essex MA-Western Hampshire MA- Western Hampden MA-Eastern Hampshire MA-Eastern Hampden MA- Southern Worcester MA-Western Norfolk MA-Southeast Middlesex MA- Suffolk MA-Eastern Norfolk MA-Northern Bristol MA- Western Plymouth MA-Eastern Plymouth MA-Southern Bristol MA- Southern Plymouth MA-Northern Middlesex MA- Northwest Providence RI-Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI- Eastern Kent RI-Bristol RI-Washington RI-Newport RI- Including the cities of Hartford, Windsor Locks, Union, Vernon, Putnam, Willimantic, Charlemont, Greenfield, Orange, Barre, Fitchburg, Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence, Gloucester, Chesterfield, Blandford, Amherst, Northampton, Springfield, Milford, Worcester, Foxborough, Norwood, Cambridge, Boston, Quincy, Taunton, Brockton, Plymouth, Fall River, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Ayer, Foster, Smithfield, Providence, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick, Bristol, Narragansett, Westerly, and Newport 309 PM EST Thu Jan 17 2019

...SOME SLIPPERY TRAVEL POSSIBLE LATE TONIGHT AND DURING THE FRIDAY MORNING COMMUTE...

A period of light snow is expected after midnight tonight and during Friday morning across the area. Snowfall accumulations are expected to range from a dusting to 2 inches. While the snow is expected to be light, temperatures in the teens and 20s will allow any snow to stick on untreated roads. This could lead to slippery travel for the morning commute.

Motorists should use caution late tonight and Friday morning. Precipitation is expected to end towards midday Friday, possibly ending as some light rain over east coastal MA and RI.