Snow forward? Accumulating snow arrives Friday, 2 days before Daylight Saving Time

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Winter is not over yet. Accumulating snow is expected to arrive early Friday, March 10, just 2 days before clocks change Sunday for Daylight Saving Time and 10 days before the first day of spring.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), snow will arrive shortly after midnight, becoming heavier during the morning commute before ending Friday afternoon. The timing of the storm could make travel during the morning commute hazardous. 

A total of 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected to fall on Portsmouth, according to the NWS. 

Parking Ban and Closings

The town of Portsmouth has issued a parking ban, which is in effect Friday from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Closed due to the storm: 

Newport Naval War College: Closed Tomorrow; Mission Essential Only

No other closings have been announced at this time (Thursday at 6:22 p.m.). Portsmouth Press will update as more information becomes available. Please check back! 

Winter Storm Warning 

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Portsmouth area from 3 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. 

The Winter Storm Warning reads as follows: 


* LOCATIONS...Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts. This
  includes the cities and towns of Taunton, Brockton, Plymouth,
  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 4 to 8 inches. There will
  be a sharp cutoff to the snowfall from south to north over a
  very short distance. In addition the storm`s snow bands will
  be very narrow resulting in a fairly large snowfall range.

* TIMING...Snow will develop after midnight, becoming heavy at
  times during the morning and into midday Friday. The snow will
  taper off around mid afternoon Friday.

* IMPACTS...The heavy snow will make many roads impassable
  especially with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour at


A Winter Storm Warning is issued when an average snowfall of
6 inches or more is expected within a 12 hour period, or for
8 inches or more in a 24 hour period. Travel will be slow at best
on well treated surfaces, and quite difficult on untreated
surfaces. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep
an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of
an emergency.

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