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Meteorologists Keeping An Eye On Potential Snowstorm

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Temperatures are hovering in the mid-twenties Tuesday and are expected to drop into the teens overnight. The cold weather is likely to last through the ...

Temperatures are hovering in the mid-twenties Tuesday and are expected to drop into the teens overnight. The cold weather is likely to last through the week, according to the National Weather Service.

After warmer than usual temperatures in December, forecasters say it's back to winter as usual in Rhode Island. Meteorologists expect the mercury to rise only into the twenties for daytime temperatures this week, and wind gusts may reach 25 mph.

“The wind chills will definitely make it feel colder,” said the National Weather Service's Matthew Belk. “The winds are going to be pretty gusty both today and tomorrow. Temperatures will slowly, and emphasis on slowly, start to rise as we head in towards the weekend.”

But don’t be lulled back into dreams of spring; meteorologists are monitoring what could shape up to be the first major storm of the season this weekend. Though Belk said right now there’s only the potential for a big event.

“We do expect the storm to make it into the Mid-Atlantic, then there’s some question of does it keep moving up the coast, or does it make a right turn and head out to sea, too far south of southern New England to be an impact to Rhode Island,” said Belk.

Still, Belk advises residents to prepare the way one would for any storm: bundle up, and dig out your snow shovels.

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A NWS map with the projected track of a storm, currently forming over the Pacific.
A NWS map with the projected track of a storm, currently forming over the Pacific.