High winds, cold rain and snow will impact the area Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of Rhode Island with up to 6 inches expected in the northern suburbs. Please use caution when traveling.

Winter Weather Advisory from SAT 1:00 PM EST until SUN 1:00 AM EST (Issued By -Boston – MA, US, National Weather Service. Affected Area – Portions of Rhode Island and eastern and southeastern Massachusetts.)

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 1 AM EST SUNDAY… WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches. Winds gusting to 45 to 55 mph, strongest gusts over coastal Plymouth county. WHERE…Portions of Rhode Island and eastern and southeastern Massachusetts. WHEN…From 1 PM this afternoon to 1 AM EST Sunday. IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Strong winds combined with heavy wet snow could cause tree damage and isolated power outages. ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Rain changing to snow late this afternoon. A brief period of heavy snow is possible before tapering off before midnight. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Slow down and use caution while traveling.

Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.