Good morning! New England is bracing for a prolonged storm system that will bring a mix of severe weather conditions, including heavy rain, heavy, wet snow accumulation, strong winds, isolated power outages, and minor coastal flooding or beach erosion in eastern MA. Northwestern RI has been issued a “Winter Storm Warning,” with an expected snow accumulation of 6″ or more. Kent County, SE Providence County, Bristol County, and northern Bristol County in MA, are also under a “Winter Storm Watch” with a potential of at least 6″ of snow. The eastern part of MA has been issued a “High Wind Warning” for gusts of 50-65mph. The heavy, wet snow may cling to trees and power lines, leading to power outages in northwest Rhode Island. Today will start off dry and cloudy, with rain showers developing in the afternoon. The rainfall will become heavy at times during the night and continue into Tuesday morning, with a possible rainfall amount of 1 to 2.5″. Northeast winds will gust 35-50mph on Tuesday afternoon and night, combined with heavy, wet snow in the northwest region of Rhode Island. Other areas will experience a changeover to snow, with a possible accumulation and impacts of 1-2.5″ of rain leading to some localized street flooding. Winds could also cause power outages as they gust up to 50mph from the northeast and north. Early estimates predict a snow accumulation of 6-8″ in northwest RI and up to 3-6″ across the central part of the state. We’ll keep you updated as the situation develops.

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