Winter Storm Watch issued for parts of region

Gladys Abbott
March 20, 2018

A total snow accumulation of five inches or more is possible, meteorologists said.

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They note that in recent years, models have trended northwest on storms' approach to produce several significant snows.

The active weather pattern is expected to continue for the rest of March, meaning further serious storms across the coast could still be expected.

On Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for all of Rhode Island, except Block Island; as well as large parts of MA and CT.

You can see live weather updates via the National Weather Service and other Twitter sources below.

Workers clear snow from the walkway around the Boston Public Library in Copley Square as Winter Storm Skylar bears down on March 13, 2018. In central and northern Trumbull and Mercer counties, we expect around 3-6 inches. Little to no accumulation is expected.

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A coastal flood watch has been issues for Cape Cod, the islands and South Shore communities, with high tide Thursday morning of the most concern.

The cause is a rogue coastal storm that could make its way up to New England from the mid-Atlantic Wednesday into Thursday. Nantucket is expected to see precipitation first, around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

"These models have had a very hard time trying to figure out how this storm is going to unfold", Dixon said. Sustained winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour are expected with gusts of 55 to 70 miles per hour possible.

Spring is just about to begin, but it might not feel like it on the East Coast.

Not likely, according to current storm models.

This snow could be a heavy, wet snow....that combined with gusty northeast winds may result in downed tree branches, so power outages are possible.

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