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Snow on the Way — But How Much?

Estimates vary widely on how much snow to expect Friday night.


Local and national forecasters agree on one thing, at least — there's the potential for a major winter storm Friday night into Saturday.

Keep an eye on updated weather conditions with the Johnston Patch Weather Page.

But whether Johnston gets the foot-plus being predicted in some places, or just a just dusting, remains the topic of widely-varying speculation.

Of course, talk of snow during the 35th anniversary of the Blizzard of '78 could also inflate expectations.

As of 8:20 am Wednesday, the three Rhode Island TV stations had somewhat different takes on the approaching storm.

WPRI 12's Tony Petrarca wrote on his Weather Blog that he expects the snow to start Friday morning and last into Saturday, but added that "it's difficult at this point to get to detailed" about what kind or amount of precipitation to expect.

Mark Searles, meteorologist for NBC10, wrote on his Twitter feed that Providence could get up to 11 inches of snow on Friday, with closer to a foot near Worcester, MA.

And at ABC6, Steve Cascione noted generally that "Where the storm stays all snow several inches are possible."

The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook at about 7:15 am Wednesday, calling for "the potential for a very significant winter storm" beginning Friday morning with light snow.

At this early stage, the NWS warned, it's too early to accurately predict how much snow may fall, since the storm system could include a mix or change to rain as it moves through the area.

What do you think?

How much snow will we get this weekend?

What are you planning to do in preparation for what could be a major storm?

Do you think this is all hype?

Have your say in the comments section below.

Anthony Ursillo February 07, 2013 at 04:39 PM
What ever happens- happens....I think people in RI over react and drive themselves into a "frightening" state of mind. Worst circumstances- we will be stuck inside for no more than a day and a half... How spoiled are we all !!!!....Read a book- Do your taxes and have "family" time. None of us will starve...The roads will be cleared and live will resume as normal. Wish i got paid 150K a year to get everyone in a "tissy"....
Pam Campo February 08, 2013 at 03:50 AM
I am in Florida and was hoping to get back to RI in time for the storm. My flight for tomorrow morning has been cancelled already and it hasn't even begun!!! I have such awesome memories of the Blizzard of '78 that I was hoping to be home to experience the sense of community that comes with these types of storms :)

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