At 1:30 p.m., a heavy show snow squall was along a line from near Wellesley to Bellingham in Massachusetts and Foster Rhode Island to just north of Hartford Connecticut, according to the National Weather Service. This snow squall will

“This snow squall will briefly reduce visibilities to less than a quarter of a mile and produce a quick coating of snow. Major highways that could be impacted across eastern Massachusetts, northern Rhode Island and northern Connecticut include route 128, I-95, routes 146 and I-295 in Rhode Island, and both I-91 and I-84 in northern Connecticut. Drivers should be prepared to immediately slow down at first sight of any squalls. Another briefly heavy snow squall will move across the greater Springfield area between 2 and 3 PM,” the National Weather Service shared in an alert at 1:43 p.m. on Friday.

The Special Weather Statement, which is in effect from 1:43 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, covers Newport, all of Rhode Island and the following areas;

Hartford CT-Tolland CT-Windham CT-Eastern Essex MA-
Western Hampden 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-
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…Gloucester…Blandford…
Springfield…Milford…Worcester…Foxborough…Norwood…
Cambridge…Boston…Quincy…Taunton…Brockton…Plymouth…
Fall River…New Bedford…Mattapoisett…Foster…Smithfield…
Providence…Coventry…West Greenwich…EAST GREENWICH…
WARWICK…WEST WARWICK…Bristol…Narragansett…Westerly…
Newport

Any further updates from The National Weather Service will be posted as soon as we receive them.

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