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Will ‘Harper’ Visit Warwick This Weekend?

Winter Storm names 2018-19
[Source: Weather Channel website]
The Weather Channel’s 2018 list of winter storm names.

WARWICK, RI —  Rhode Island could be in the path of a major storm over the next few days, according to the 7-day forecast published by the National Weather Service.

And if the forecast holds up, the storm could make the list of winter storm names by The Weather Channel. As of Jan. 17, we’re up to Gia, so any widespread storm this weekend would be named Harper.

There’s a 60 percent chance for snow to develop Thursday night into Friday, with overnight lows in the 20s, turning to rain later Friday morning. Saturday and Sunday will bring more chances for precipitation, with a 90 percent chance of another snow-to-rain transition Saturday night to Sunday morning

This winter marks the seventh winter that TWC has created a media-friendly shorthand for snow events that affect more than 2 million U.S. residents or about 250,000 sq. mi. [400,000 sq. km] | Read: The science behind naming winter storms

While that’s a recent development in the U.S., European authorities have been naming winter storms for years. According to a blog post by Mary M. Glackin, Senior Vice President of The Weather Company, “the Free University of Berlin’s meteorological institute has been naming them since the 1950s.”

The Weather Channel reported that there were 24 named winter storms in the 2017-18 season. The three previous seasons each had 22 named storms. There were 26 named storms in 2013-14 and 27 storms in 2012-13.

Stay informed through the storm:

RIBA – Make sure you’re signed up for text alerts from the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association. You’ll get emergency notifications (including school closings and delays) direct to your phone or email. Check closings and delays here.

CodeRED – The City of Warwick has instituted a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®.  The new system will distribute emergency messages via telephone to targeted areas or the entire City of Warwick. Register here.

Emergency Calls:

  • In an emergency, dial 911
  • Warwick Police Department: 401-468-4200
  • Warwick Fire Department: (401) 468-4000
  • Warwick Highway Dept./Snow removal – 401-738-2000 ext. 6518
  • Serve RI is looking for volunteers to help neighbors in need shovel out after upcoming snowfall. You can sign up here.  You can ask for their help at at 401-331-2298. For all other needs, people should call United Way-2-1-1.

Listen to NOAA radio: Check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radio frequency here.

Joe Hutnak -
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