To the north, chances of heavy snow are increasing for Tug Hill. The National Weather service is expecting a coastal storm to pass near Cape Cod Wednesday night. The weather service was continuing its winter storm warning until 4 a.m. Thursday.
Snow could make roads slippery and reduce visibility. "Be aware of the possibility of downed tree branches and wires". Rhode Island Public Radio spoke with Matt Doody, meteorologists for the National Weather Service, for the latest on the upcominng storm. Wind gusts will also become less of an issue as the storm moves to the east.
Thundersnow occurs when a snowstorm develops an intense upward lift of air, causing enough of an electric charge to produce lightning, and the thunder that accompanies it, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters warn that the storm will rapidly strengthen by Wednesday evening, when visibility and travel will be most hard.
At times, this snow may fall at the rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour or heavier. Pennsylvania and NY banned big rigs from some major highways.
The storm is not expected to bring the coastal flooding like the one last week.
Several cities and towns have instituted parking bans. After midnight there will be lighter snow or rain changing to a brief period of snow. Earlier models had predicted six to 12 inches. Lighter snow will linger through mid afternoon Thursday before ending.
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It mentions Kent County as one of the areas near the snow-rain line where it's hard to predict snowfall.
This time, the heaviest accumulations of a foot of snow or more are most likely from parts of northern New Jersey, the Poconos and the Catskills into western and northern New England, including western and northern CT, western and central Massachusetts, New York's Hudson Valley and parts of southern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Worcester could see 12 to 18 inches.
However, as of 3:42 p.m. Eastern, the NWS was predicting possibly four to eight inches of heavy snow in New Jersey, southern CT, and southeast NY, from midnight through 4 a.m. Thursday. Rain is falling along the New Jersey coast and into the mid-Atlantic.
While things weren't slowed down too much on the major roads, the snow stuck to the less traveled backroads and side streets, making for some slick stops and turns.
The main storm is still developing off North Carolina's Outer Banks, as warnings and advisories stretch from Virginia to Maine.
The next update will be sent out at 2:00 PM.