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Good Morning,

~ As one friend wrote on Facebook last night, “so stoked for a different reason to be locked inside my house…”.

Snow will arrive later tonight. Look for 6-10″ of snow on the ground when all is said and done tomorrow.

We’re keeping you updated on the storm here;

~  New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, is set to compete in the first official AC75 class regattas during the Prada America’s Cup World Series Auckland and the Christmas Race

~ Time to find your dream gig, job, or career? Here are 59 job opportunities available right now in the Newport area.

~ Middletown Public Schools has joined Newport and Middletown in shifting to full distance learning.

~ Newport City Council will interview six candidates tonight for the two vacancies on the Planning Board.

~ Clean Ocean Access, Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, Save The Bay, and Groundwork Rhode Island are among twelve organizations that will have been awarded a total of $781,500 in grants from 11th Hour Racing.

~ Happy Birthday today to Susan Denice, Laura Sullivan, Joseph Farias III, John Monllos, and Anne Solano! 

COVID-19 in Rhode Island

~ RIDOH reported yesterday 1,084 new positive cases (12,229 tests prior day), 15 new fatalities, 455 hospitalizations.

~ Today we expect to receive new COVID-19 data by city/town from Rhode Island Department of Health. We’ll bring you the latest on our website when we  receive it.

~ Newport City Council will receive their weekly COVID-19 update from City Manager Joe Nicholson on Thursday at 4:30 pm.

Today’s Forecast & Conditions


  • Winter Storm Warning in effect from December 16, 07:00 PM EST until December 17, 01:00 PM EST
  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • Today – Increasing clouds, with a high near 32. North wind around 10 mph.
  • Tonight – Snow before 3am, then snow and sleet between 3am and 5am, then rain, snow, and sleet after 5am. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy fog between 3am and 4am. Patchy freezing fog before 9pm. Low around 31. Windy, with a northeast wind 17 to 22 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
  • Thursday – Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 9am. Patchy fog between 7am and 3pm. Temperature falling to around 27 by 11am. Windy, with a north wind 21 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
  • Thursday Night – Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. North wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.


  • Gale Warning in effect from December 17, 12:00 AM EST until December 17, 03:00 PM EST
  • Hazardous Weather Outlook
  • Today – N wind around 9 kt becoming ENE in the afternoon. Increasing clouds. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – ENE wind 15 to 18 kt increasing to 21 to 24 kt after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 36 kt. Snow before 3am, then snow and sleet between 3am and 5am, then rain, snow, and sleet after 5am. The snow could be heavy at times. Patchy fog between 9pm and 2am, then Patchy fog between 3am and 4am. Patchy freezing fog before 9pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Thursday – N wind 22 to 25 kt becoming N 18 to 21 kt in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 kt. Rain and snow before noon, then a chance of snow. Patchy fog between 7am and 3pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Thursday Night – N wind 11 to 16 kt, with gusts as high as 24 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 50°F

Sun & Moon

  • Sunrise: 7:06 am | Sunset: 4:17 pm
  • High tide at 8:45 am and 9:09 pm | Low tide at 1:36 am & 2:48 pm
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 1 day, 2% lighting

 Happening In Newport County Today

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

City & Government

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Calling All Crows Presents: Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos Live from The Ballroom Benefit Show

Who’s hiring? 59 job opportunities at places like Clean Ocean Access, Safe Harbor Marina, and Norman Bird Sanctuary

Middletown Public Schools to shift to full distance learning Dec. 21 – Jan. 8

Spring Bull Gallery to host 30th Annual ‘Fakes & Forgeries Exhibition’ in January

11th Hour Racing awards twelve grants totaling $781,500

Parking Ban in effect in Newport beginning 9 pm on Wednesday

COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

Coronavirus Live Updates: COVID-19 in Newport County and Rhode Island

Watch | Newport City Council Covid-19 Status Update (Dec. 17 at 4:30 pm)

Middletown, Newport among eight school districts to receive grants to support students experiencing homelessness

NUWC Division Newport employees donate 972 gifts to Toys for Tots campaign

Obituary | Frances M. Maraziti

Rhode Island Senate will meet Friday to consider budget, appointments

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.