The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Watch for southeast coastal Rhode Island and south coastal Massachusetts.

Update (1/6/17 3 p.m.): The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area, 8 – 12″ of snow is likely for our area on Saturday.


With accumulating snow of 3 to 5″ expected for our area on Friday and another 4 to 8″ of snow possible on Saturday, the Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until noon today and the Winter Storm Watch is in effect through Saturday night.

Related Story: Snow-Related Closures and Delays: January 6 – 7 (Updating)

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. The National Weather Service reminds drivers to be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service issued the following Winter Storm Watch at 4:32 a.m. on Friday;

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
432 AM EST FRI JAN 6 2017

MAZ020-021-RIZ006>008-061745-
/O.EXB.KBOX.WS.A.0001.170107T1200Z-170108T0700Z/
/O.CON.KBOX.WW.Y.0001.000000T0000Z-170106T1700Z/
SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-
BLOCK ISLAND RI-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…FALL RIVER…NEW BEDFORD…
MATTAPOISETT…NARRAGANSETT…WESTERLY…NEWPORT…BLOCK ISLAND
432 AM EST FRI JAN 6 2017

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST
TODAY…

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
LATE SATURDAY NIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE
SATURDAY NIGHT.

* LOCATIONS…SOUTH COAST OF MASSACH– USETTS AND RHODE ISLAND. THIS
INCLUDES THE CITIES AND TOWNS OF FALL RIVER…NEW BEDFORD…
MATTAPOISETT…NARRAGANSETT…WESTERLY…NEWPORT…BLOCK
ISLAND

* HAZARD TYPES…ACCUMULATING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 5 INCHES THIS MORNING
WITH AN ADDITIONAL 4 TO 8 INCHES POSSIBLE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND
EVENING.

* TIMING…LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW FALLS THROUGH 10 AM FRIDAY
MORNING…THEN BEGINS TO TAPER OFF TOWARD MIDDAY. SNOW COULD
BECOME BRIEFLY HEAVY AT TIMES. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL IS LIKELY
SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM YET ANOTHER OCEAN STORM.

* IMPACTS…UNTREATED ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLICK.
VISIBILITY WILL BE REDUCED. THE FRIDAY MORNING RUSH HOUR WILL
BE IMPACTED AS TRAVEL WILL BE HAZARDOUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CA– USE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND — USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS. BE PREPARED TO MODIFY
TRAVEL PLANS SHOULD WINTER WEATHER DEVELOP.

&&

What’sUpNewp will continue to keep you updated with any further information.

What To Know About Parking During Storms

City snow plowing operations are in effect for snowfalls of approximately two (2) inches or more. Higher total snow accumulations and/or severe weather conditions may lead city officials to call for a parking ban on certain streets. All parking of automobiles on these streets is banned for limited periods to facilitate road treatments and the removal of snow.

The number of streets included in the parking ban ordinance was increased earlier this year to 24. The streets included in the ordinance are Annandale Road, Bellevue Avenue: (Kay Street to Bowery St), Bedlow Avenue, Bliss Road, Broadway, Coggeshall Avenue, Dr. Marcus Wheatland Boulevard, East Bowery Street, Farewell Street, Friendship Street, Gibbs Avenue, Gould Street, Kay Street, Powell Avenue, Spring Street, Summer Street, Thames Street, Third Street, Warner Street, Washington Street, Washington Square, West Narragansett Avenue, William Street, and Van Zandt Avenue, from J.T. Connell Memorial Road East to Malbone Road.

Motor vehicles parked on a named street one-half hour after the public ban has been announced may be towed to a place of storage at the owner’s expense. Residents are urged to plan for where they will park if a ban is announced and to keep up with state, local and social media about any enacted bans. Residents can also check for any bans as posted on the city web site and sign up for Code Red alerts to be advised of any parking bans at www.cityofnewport.com. Residents can utilize the parking lots at the Gateway Center, Mary Street and Easton’s Beach free of charge during parking bans.

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