Nor'easter Impacts Rhode Island

By , Senior Meteorologist
November 6, 2012; 9:12 AM ET
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A nor'easter will affect Rhode Island and much of New England later Wednesday into Thursday with the usual bells and whistles ranging from rain, wind, rough seas and even snow.

The storm is forecast to reach maturity along the mid-Atlantic coast, then weaken somewhat moving farther to the northeast. As a result, this will be more of a moderate to strong nor'easter for Rhode Island.

The wind direction is not favorable for flooding in Narragansett Bay.

Northeast winds will produce water levels from 1 to 2 feet above normal tide along the South Coast of New England with wave action being a greater concern. Water levels up to 4 feet above normal are forecast along the eastern coast of Massachusetts and the islands with significant wave action.

Offshore, waves can reach 25 feet.

Winds will be strong enough to down some trees and cause sporadic power outages. Gusts can reach between 50 and 60 mph.

Not enough rain is forecast to fall to cause issues with streams, but enough can fall, combined with fallen leaves to lead to urban flooding issues.

The combination of wind, rain and other atmospheric conditions will produce RealFeel® temperatures in the 20s at times.

The recent push of cold air in the region will be enough to bring snow to western and northern New England. Snow will fall as far south as New York City. Snow in Rhode Island will be very brief and limited to the onset of the storm Wednesday evening.


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