The National Weather Service is forecasting that our area will most likely see 3-8″ of snow on Friday, March 10th.

Of course, everyone has their eye on this week’s forecast with the 61st Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade set to kick-off at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

While the National Weather Service calls for 4 to 7″ for our area in the Winter Storm Watch, their detailed forecast calls for 3 to 5″. Their likely snow total map calls for 6 – 8″ of snow for our area

The current detailed forecast for Friday is as follows;

Friday: Snow, mainly before 2pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 36. Northeast wind 8 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Friday Night: A slight chance of snow showers before 7pm, then a slight chance of snow showers after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as zero. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 21 mph.

The 61st Annual Newport, Rhode Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held, rain, snow, cold or shine, on Saturday, March 11th, 2017.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).