Blizzard Warning in effect for RI, parts of Mass

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By Kim Kalunian, WPRO News

The National Weather Service has put Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts under a blizzard warning from Monday night through late Tuesday evening. Forecasters say the storm could bring one to two feet of snow and blizzard conditions to the area.

The NWS says the worst of the storm is set to arrive Monday night and stick around through Tuesday afternoon. The storm could bring heavy snow, strong winds and low visibility. Forecasters say it has the potential to be a historic storm.

“Despite the fact that we tend to have the reputation of having such big storms in New England, storms of this magnitude are not very common,” said Accuweather Meteorologist Heather Zehr.

The NWS says travel could become “impossible and life threatening” as conditions worsen.

“This is going to be a storm very similar to that storm in 2013,” she said, referring to the blizzard dubbed “Nemo” that dumped feet of snow on the state, caused widespread power outages and prompted the state to shut down roads and highways. “We’re probably going to see similar snow amounts and definitely the wind and low visibility to go with it.”

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency is advising that anybody with who uses home heating to make sure they are well stocked as supply sources could become shut off. They also say anyone using portable electric heaters should be sure to keep flammable object a safe distance away as heaters are known to be a big cause of house fires.

Keep up to date on all closings, cancellations and delays with our Operation Snowball page. 

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