10 Things You Need to Know About This Winter Storm
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
GoLocalProv News Team
|RI could be hit with more than a foot of snow|
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"The morning commute should be very treacherous if not impossible," said GoLocal meteorologist John Ghiorse. "The snow likely will last all day, tapering off tomorrow night but may linger as squalls or flurries into Wednesday."
Stay-tuned to ongoing coverage on Tuesday on GoLocal for weather updates. See Flooding Map Below and the Other Things You Need to Know About This Storm.
According to RI EMA - The Following RI Public Schools are Closed Tuesday:
Barrington Barrington Pub. Schools: Closed
Block Island Block Island School: Closed
Bristol Bristol-Warren Pub Schools: Closed
Pascoag Burrillville Public Schools: Closed
Central Falls Central Falls Pub. Schools: Closed
Chariho Regional Public Schools: Closed
Kingston Compass School: Closed
Coventry Public Schools: Closed
Cranston Public. Schools: Closed
Cumberland Public Schools: Closed
Warren East Bay Educational Collaborative: Closed
East Greenwich East Greenwich Public Schools: Closed
East Providence East Providence Public Schools: Closed
West Greenwich Exeter-W Grnwch Pub Schools: Closed
Foster-Glocester: Closed Tomorrow
Jamestown Public Schools: Closed Tomorrow
Johnston Public Schools: Closed
Lincoln Public Schools: Closed
Little Compton Public Schools: Closed
Middletown Pub. Schools: Closed
North Kingstown Schools: Closed
North Providence Public Schools: Closed
N Smithfield Public Schools: Closed
Narragansett Public Schools: Closed
Pawtucket Public Schools: Closed
Portsmouth Public Schools: Closed
Providence Schools: Closed
Providence RI School for the Deaf: Closed
North Scituate/Scituate Public Schools: Closed
Saunderstown Kingston Hill Academy: Closed
Smithfield Public Schools: Closed
South Kingstown Public Schools: Closed
Providence The Met: Closed
Newport The Met - East Bay: Closed
Tiverton Public Schools: Closed
Woonsocket Viola M. Berard School: Closed
Warwick Public Schools: Closed
Warwick West Bay Collaborative: Closed
West Warwick Public Schools: Closed
Westerly Public Schools: Closed
Davies Jr Career-Tech HS: Closed
Woonsocket Public Schools: Closed
Areas of MA Are Under Blizzard Warning
On Monday, the National Weather Services issued a blizzard warning for Massachusets North and South Shores:
"BLIZZARD WARNINGS posted for portions of E-coastal MA; expecting winds ≥ 35 mph along with visibility < ¼ of a mile for a prolonged period of time; noted can incorporate high-wind warning criteria of sustained winds ≥ 40 mph and/or gusts ≥ 58 mph"
Near-Blizzard Conditions Called for in RI
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Rhode Island through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
According to NWS: "Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 16 inches, with localized amounts up to 19 inches, are expected.
Near blizzard conditions possible. Travel will be very difficult. 1 to 3 inch per hour snowfall rates are possible at times along with blowing and drifting snow during the Tuesday morning commute. The Tuesday afternoon commute is also expected to be impacted.
You're Not Taking the MBTA to Boston
Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis) and the MBTA are preparing for the third significant winter storm over the last 11 days. Due to the forecasted high snow totals, the potential for blizzard conditions and high wind gusts, commuter rail will operate an “Extremely Reduced” Schedule Tuesday.
Passengers can view train listings in an “Extremely Reduced” schedule online, in the Keolis app and on printed schedules that will be handed out at major stations today.
In November, the commuter rail published pre-determined schedule reduction tiers to deploy in severe weather, including “Reduced” and “Extremely Reduced” service levels. An “Extremely Reduced” Schedule is designed to provide transportation to those who must travel, while ensuring crews can safely clear rapidly falling snow.
“If you must travel Tuesday, the commuter rail will operate an ‘Extremely Reduced’ Schedule,” said David Scorey, CEO and General Manager, Keolis. “We will have approximately 450 team members deployed clearing platforms, removing downed trees from tracks and operating the snow plow train. The expected light ridership allows us to run fewer trains and more safely and effectively perform storm operations on the network.”
With the heavy snow and potential for icy conditions, passengers who must travel should use caution when on platforms and provide additional time to travel to and from commuter rail stations. Keolis and the MBTA will provide updates on service to passengers via Twitter at @MBTA_CR, MBTA.com, T-Alerts, station signage and onboard announcements.
RI and MA Closed
State Government Closed
Both RI and MA State Governments Are Closed Due to the forecasted nor’easter set to impact the Commonwealth all day Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker has announced that all offices for non-emergency state executive branch employees will be closed tomorrow. Heavy snowfall and high winds will result in hazardous driving conditions and the administration is urging residents to stay off roadways and to use public transportation when possible. The Baker-Polito Administration remains in close contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, MassDOT and State Police to monitor the forecast. The MBTA Storm Desk will continue to monitor rail service throughout the storm and provide updates to commuters atwww.MBTA.com/winter. Then a number of hours
State offices will be closed tomorrow due to severe weather conditions. I'll be closely monitoring the storm and will post updates on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to follow @RhodeIslandEMA as well.— Gina Raimondo (@GovRaimondo) March 12, 2018
Elorza Did Not Return for the Storm - He Is Giving His Input from Afar
SNOW UPDATE: Due to winter storm conditions, @pvdschools & Recreation Centers will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13 & a citywide parking ban will begin at 12:01AM, remaining in effect until further notice.— Jorge Elorza (@Jorge_Elorza) March 12, 2018
Snow Update here: https://t.co/mQ1oARQLQn pic.twitter.com/lfcFOX9ORw
The Weather Channel's Knabb Scheduled to Skype into GoLocal LIVE
Dr. Rick Knabb, who served as Director of the National Hurricane Center from 2012 to 2017, returned last year to The Weather Channel -- and will be Skyping into GoLocal LIVE on Tuesday to provide a storm update at 4 p.m.
"Knabb also oversaw the release of new NHC products that more effectively communicated non-wind dangers that come with tropical systems, such as storm surge and coastal flooding. These maps gave the public a greater understanding of the threats each storm would bring, and Knabb said he plans to use these products and warnings in his new on-air role," according to his bio.
New England Seas Will Be "Deadly"
According to The Weather Channel, conditions in parts of the Atlantic Ocean off of New England will be life-threatening.
Seas in the northwestern Atlantic off the coast of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine will be deadly Tuesday morning into the afternoon or evening hours.
Waves in excess of 25 feet, zero visibility and driving, heavy precipitation are expected.
Mass Cancellations at T.F. Green Airport
Mass cancellations are underway at T.F. Green Airport
The majority of flights departing T.F. Green after 5 a.m. on Tuesday have already been canceled --see here:
Similarly, only a handful of flights scheduled to arrive on Tuesday were still listed as "on time" as of Monday evening; information on arrivals can be found here: