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 MAZ013-016>023-RIZ001>008-091915- 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, and BLOCK ISLAND 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.