Most Rhode Island residents are waking up to balmy temperatures this morning, but the National Weather Service warns that temperatures will drop and roads may become dangerous.

Temperatures will drop quickly below freezing behind a cold front forecast to sweep Southern New England later today into tonight. Such a quick drop in temperatures will cause a rapid freeze of
standing water on roads and any other untreated surfaces resulting in the development of black ice.

Motorists should be aware and be alert for rapidly deteriorating travel conditions late this after and into tonight. Black ice is difficult to see. A road surface that appears wet may in fact be very icy.

The Special Weather Statment, issued by The National Weather Service, was issued at 7:21 a.m. on Sunday and is for areas  that include;

Hartford CT-Tolland CT-Windham CT-Western Franklin MA-
Eastern Franklin MA-Northern Worcester MA-Central Middlesex MA-
Western Essex MA-Eastern Essex MA-Western Hampshire MA-
Western Hampden MA-Eastern Hampshire MA-Eastern Hampden MA-
Southern Worcester MA-Western Norfolk MA-Southeast Middlesex MA-
Suffolk MA-Eastern Norfolk MA-Northern Bristol MA-
Western Plymouth MA-Eastern Plymouth MA-Southern Bristol MA-
Southern Plymouth MA-Barnstable MA-Northern Middlesex MA-
Northwest Providence RI-Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI-
Eastern Kent RI-Bristol RI-Washington RI-Newport RI-
Including the cities of…Hartford…Windsor Locks…Union…
Vernon…Putnam…Willimantic…Charlemont…Greenfield…
Orange…Barre…Fitchburg…Framingham…Lowell…Lawrence…
Gloucester…Chesterfield…Blandford…Amherst…Northampton…
Springfield…Milford…Worcester…Foxborough…Norwood…
Cambridge…Boston…Quincy…Taunton…Brockton…Plymouth…
Fall River…New Bedford…Mattapoisett…Chatham…Falmouth…
Provincetown…Ayer…Foster…Smithfield…Providence…
Coventry…West Greenwich…EAST GREENWICH…WARWICK…
WEST WARWICK…Bristol…Narragansett…Westerly…Newport

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