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Blizzard Watch Issued for Friday into Saturday

Johnston could get up to 2 feet of snow from what the National Weather Service is calling a 'potentially historic winter storm.'


Rhode Island, including Johnston, is under a Winter Storm and Blizzard Watch, effective Friday morning into Saturday, with as much as 2 feet of snow expected.

Snow is expected to begin Friday morning, possibly mixing with rain briefly in the afternoon, before returning Friday night to heavy, wet snow that could fall at a rate of up to 3 inches an hour, according to the National Weather Service. The height of the storm is expected to hit late Friday night into Saturday morning, continuing into the afternoon Saturday.

Forecasts are currently calling for 12-25 inches in the Johnston area, but accumulations depend on where the snow/rain line end up. Stay tuned with Johnston Patch for the latest information on the weather and any closings and cancelations in the area. And stay updated with the local forecast on the Johnston Patch Weather page.

The National Weather Service issued the storm warning just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and followed it with a high-wind alert for Friday night, with wind speeds of 35 to 45 mph and gusts as high as 65 mph.

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