Bridges to Close at Midnight – Jan 26 2015 2130

The RI Emergency Ops Center has announced that the Newport Pell, Mount Hope and Jamestown Bridges will close to traffic at midnight tonight.     A full traffic ban, with limited exceptions, is in effect at midnight as well.

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NGRID REP Stationed at Portsmouth EOC Jan 26, 2015 1830

A representative from National Grid has been stationed at the Portsmouth RI EOC to monitor NGRID actions during the blizzard.  Continue to watch Portsmouth Emergency and Facebook and @PortsmouthEmerg and twitter with #JUNO02871 for Portsmouth blizzard information.

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RI EMA Has Established #JUNORI for Blizzard Info Jan 26, 2015 1830

The RI EMA has established #JUNORI for blizzard info specific to RI.  We in Portsmouth RI will continue to post info specific to Portsmouth under #JUNO02871.

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Portsmouth EOC and IPI Activated Jan 26, 2015, 1800

The Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Internet Public Information (IPI) Section has been activated for Winter Storm JUNO 2015.  Please monitor Portsmouth Emergency on Facebook and @PortsmouthEmerg on twitter and enter hashtag #JUNO02871 for continuing posts concerning Portsmouth during the storm.

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Blizzard Update From National Weather – Sun evening

BLIZZARD OF Jan. 26-27, 2015

A powerful storm system will develop off the North Carolina coast early Mon., then explosively deepen and move over the ‘benchmark’ of 40N 70W by Tue. morning. It will then stall and drift only slowly northeastward away from the area on Wed. This will be a crippling and potentially historic storm, complete with snow measured in feet, damaging winds causing widespread power outages, and serious coastal flooding.

Blizzard Warning – northern CT; all of RI; southern Worcester County and all of eastern MA, except Nantucket Island.
Marine: Hurricane Force Wind Warning for all waters except Boston Harbor, Mass. Bay, Narragansett Bay, and Block Island Sound.

Widespread 20” – 24” with pockets of 30+” possible. Only several inches on Nantucket and outer Cape Cod, where rain is expected to mix in.
This could come close to rivaling the records for Boston, which was 27.6” in the Feb. 17-18, 2003 President’s Day storm; the 32.1” in Worcester on Dec. 11-12, 1992; and 28.6” in Providence during the Blizzard of Feb. 6-7, 1978.

Light snow will impact the late afternoon commute…with 1-2” in Boston/Worcester/
Springfield and 2-4” in Hartford/Providence by the end of the evening commute.
A whopping 12-18” of snow is forecast to fall in a 9-hour period from 1 AM to 10 AM Tuesday! Thunderstorms will also be occurring in this time window.
Snow, with varying intensities will continue through Tue. night.

A corridor of heavy, wet snow is expected in southeast MA and southern RI…basically east of I-95. Temperatures there will be in the upper 20s.

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Blizzard Watch Mon night thru Weds Jan 26-28

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Potential Winter Storm Mon night into Wed Jan 26-28

Please monitor weather forecasts closely during this last week of January. Forecasters are evaluating the possibility of a major winter storm impacting our area in the Monday night into Wednesday morning time frame. Some of the forecasters’ computer models are suggesting a prolonged winter storm with heavy snow and strong winds.

Be prepared for the possibility that you may need to alter travel plans for Tuesday.

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Travel Advisory – Tues 3 PM Update

Latest graphics (3:00 PM Tues) from National Weather Service Taunton:




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Travel Advisory – Updated Graphics

Here are updated graphics from National Weather Service Taunton  5:00 AM Tuesday

See previous blog post for more discussion.


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Travel Advisory for Wednesday into Thursday

The Taunton Office of the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Watch for much of the surrounding area. Please monitor future forecasts and plan any Thanksgiving travel accordingly. The latest guidance (5 PM Mon) from NWS is:

Forecast Confidence: Moderate
Wednesday Morning Commute: Low Impact
Wednesday Afternoon & Night Travel: High Impact
Thanksgiving Morning Travel: Low Impact

  • •Mix snow/rain to start Wed morning to midday
  • •Highest uncertainty is in where rain-snow line sets up
  • •More likely scenario is primarily rain east of I-95
Probability of 6 Inches or More Snow:

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