The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for Newport County, which will go into effect Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.
The weather service is forecasting heavy snow with blowing and drifiting and six inches or more is possible depending on the exact track of the storm.
And it will remain cold with temperatures falling into the teens Tuesday night and in the mid 30s on Wednesday. Combined with strong wind gusts that could reach 45 mph, conditions will be nasty, to put it mildly.
WPRI Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo said the snow will arrive at dark and it could still be snowing a little during the morning commute on Wednesday.
South and east of Providence could see 1 to 3 inches of snow.
Right now the core storm is tracking east, which means it’s staying just offshore and won’t impact us too too badly, according to WHDH, 7-News Meteorologist Chris Lambert. As long as the core stays offshore we won’t have too much to contend with, Lambert says. The core of the storm is capable of dropping one to two feet of snow along with hurricane force winds.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The weather service is predicting temperatures in the 50s by Friday and all that snow will quickly melt.