The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow, which is in effect from 3 AM to 4 PM EST  Friday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

Last updated at 9:52 p.m. on Thursday.


* LOCATIONS...Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts. This
  includes the cities and towns of Taunton, Brockton, Plymouth,
  Fall River, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Foster, Smithfield,
  Providence, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Warwick,
  West Warwick, Bristol, Narragansett, Westerly, and Newport.

* HAZARD TYPES...Heavy snow.

* ACCUMULATIONS...Snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. There will
  be a sharp cutoff to the snowfall from south to north over a
  very short distance. In addition the storm`s snow bands will
  be very narrow resulting in a fairly large snowfall range.

* TIMING...Snow will develop after 4 AM, becoming heavy at times
  during the morning and into midday Friday. Snowfall rates up to
  an inch per hour will be possible at times, especially from
  Providence, Taunton and Plymouth south. The snow will taper off
  around mid afternoon Friday.

* IMPACTS...Snow covered roads will make for hazardous travel


A Winter Storm Warning is issued when an average snowfall of
6 inches or more is expected within a 12 hour period, or for
8 inches or more in a 24 hour period. Travel will be slow at best
on well treated surfaces, and quite difficult on untreated
surfaces. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep
an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of
an emergency.

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

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