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:
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 4 PM EST FRIDAY... * 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 times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 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.