Winter storm Niko updates; Portsmouth storm closings

The following was updated Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. Snow total estimates have increased. 

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Winter storm Niko will bring accumulating snow starting Thursday morning to Portsmouth, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Find out how much snow and what will be closed here. 

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the NWS.

The winter storm is expected to bring heavy snow starting between 5 and 8 a.m. and continuing throughout the day into the afternoon.

The snow will be heavy at times, falling 2 to 3 inches per hour, according to the NWS. The snow should end by Thursday evening. 

A total of 12 to 18 inches of snow is expected in Portsmouth. 

Parking Ban

As a result, a parking ban is in effect in Portsmouth from 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday. 

Storm Closings

As a result of the storm, the following Portsmouth organizations and departments are closed Thursday: 

  • All Portsmouth schools are closed. No afternoon activities. 
  • The Portsmouth Transfer Station is closed. 
  • Portsmouth Town Hall is also closed. 
  • The Portsmouth Free Public Library is closed Thursday. Regular hours will resume Friday. 

Winter Storm Precautions 

The State Police recommend the following to prepare for Niko. 

In preparation for winter storm #Niko:

Check the fluid levels in your car, your emergency kit, and make sure your electronics are charged.

Keep an emergency kit and supplies in your home and car, including blankets, extra sweaters or sweatshirts, and mittens or gloves.

Parking bans, cancellations & closures for 2/9 are already being announced. Updated listings:…/closings_delays/

Make sure that your gas tank is at least half full in case you become stranded or stuck in traffic.

Save important numbers in your phone, such as your local police department’s non-emergency line, power & utility companies.

Winter storm Niko will affect the morning commute. Leave early to allow extra time to get to your destination.


Winter Storm Warning

The following, latest storm update (with Winter Storm Warming) was posted Thursday at 4:28 a.m. on the NWS website. 


* LOCATIONS...Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This also
  includes the cities and towns of Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence,
  Gloucester, Foxborough, Norwood, Cambridge, Boston, Quincy,
  Taunton, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Mattapoisett,
  Foster, Smithfield, Providence, Coventry, West Greenwich, EAST
  GREENWICH, WARWICK, WEST WARWICK, Bristol, Narragansett,
  Westerly, and Newport.

* HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow.

* Accumulations...Snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches.

* Timing...Snow will begin between 5 and 8 am this morning.
  Snow will then fall heavy at times through this afternoon
  before tapering off to snow showers early this evening.

* Impacts...Hazardous travel due to snow covered roads and poor
  visibilities. Intense snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour
  will be possible at times along with some blowing and drifting

* Winds...North 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.


A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow
are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an
emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra
and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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