NOAA: Special weather statement

Visibility may be less than 1/4 mile, 2-4 inches per hour possible...

National Weather Service noon Update:

Blizzard warnings have been expanded across the south coast of RI and MA. Still expecting widespread 8-14 inches. Several locations could see higher amounts of 16-18+ inches. Biggest concern is the winds later this afternoon. Locations across the Cape and the Islands could see isolated power outages as the winds continue to pick up. 

Hazardous travel is expect, please use caution.

National Weather Service Special Weather Statement issued during the noon hour:

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Taunton MA
1206 PM EST Thu Feb 9 2017

Western Norfolk MA-Eastern Norfolk MA-Northern Bristol MA-
Western Plymouth MA-Eastern Plymouth MA-Southern Bristol MA-
Southern Plymouth MA-Barnstable MA-Dukes MA-
Northwest Providence RI-Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI-
Eastern Kent RI-Bristol RI-Washington RI-Newport RI-
Block Island RI-
Including the cities of Foxborough, Norwood, Quincy, Taunton,
Brockton, Plymouth, Fall River, New Bedford, Mattapoisett,
Chatham, Falmouth, Provincetown, Vineyard Haven, Foster,
Smithfield, Providence, Coventry, West Greenwich, EAST GREENWICH,
WARWICK, WEST WARWICK, Bristol, Narragansett, Westerly, Newport,
1206 PM EST Thu Feb 9 2017

...Dangerous Travel Into This Afternoon...

Very heavy snowfall will result in visibility less than one
quarter mile at times. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour
are expected. There have been numerous reports of thundersnow in
southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island already. Thundersnow
will be possible elsewhere, as well, this afternoon. Winds will
continue to increase resulting in blowing snow, and near zero
visibility, at times.

Do not travel, unless absolutely necessary. Untreated roads will
be slippery. If you must travel, allow plenty of extra time to
reach your destination safely. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on