Blizzard Watch in effect from late Monday to Tuesday night, 6 days before spring

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Winter is not over yet. A Blizzard Watch is in effect from late Monday night into Tuesday night, just 6 days before the first day of spring. 

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a major snowstorm is expected to arrive Tuesday and continue into Tuesday night, bringing the possibility of 6 inches of snow or greater, along with drifting and blowing snow. 

While it’s still early to say exactly how much snow will arrive, a Blizzard Watch is in effect from late Monday into Tuesday. 

Blizzard Watch


The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Blizzard
Watch, which is in effect from late Monday night through late
Tuesday night.

* LOCATIONS...Southern Rhode Island and east coastal Massachusetts
  from Boston to Plymouth.

* HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow, strong winds, and reduced visibility.

* ACCUMULATIONS...Snow accumulation of greater than 6 inches
  possible along drifting and blowing snow.

* TIMING...Tuesday and Tuesday night.

* IMPACTS...Rapid snow accumulation as well as blowing and
  drifting snow may make many roads impassable. There could also
  be scattered power outages.

* WINDS...Northeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts over 50 mph.

* TEMPERATURES...In the upper 20s.

* VISIBILITIES...One quarter mile or less at times.


A Blizzard Watch means there is a potential for considerable
falling and/or blowing snow with sustained winds or frequent
gusts over 35 mph, with visibilities below one quarter mile, for
at least 3 hours. Whiteout conditions will be possible, making
travel very dangerous. Be prepared to alter any travel plans.

No parking bans or closings have been announced at this time. Portsmouth Press will update as more information becomes available. Please check back! 

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