As of midnight Tuesday night, we are about 24 hours away from a major coastal storm here in southern New England. A WINTER STORM WATCH remains in effect for the entire ABC6 viewing area from late Wednesday night through Thursday night. This storm will contain heavy precipitation (1 to 2 inches liquid equivalent) and strong winds (ENE 20-30, G50 mph). The fact that this was still a WATCH and not a WARNING speaks to the continued model uncertainty regarding if there will be enough cold air for heavy accumulating snow. The precipitation could wobble between rain and snow several times during the storm, which only adds to the uncertainty. Providence has a good chance of seeing at least 4 inches of snow, but the potential is there for a lot more.
The important thing to keep in mind is the timing of this storm. It really will get going Wednesday night and remain strong through Thursday night. The persistent ENE winds of 20-30 mph, gusting to 50 mph, will cause power outages across all of southern New England. If you add heavy wet snow to the equation, the number of power outages will increase dramatically. Coastal flooding will also be a big concern on the eastern MA coast, where there is a coastal flood watch in effect for the high tide cycles on Thursday and into Friday morning.
-ABC6 Chief Meteorologist Kevin Coskren