Newport – The National Weather Service (NWS) Boston/Taunton office extended a Blizzard Warning for Washington, Newport Counties and Block Island through 4 a.m. Monday morning.
The Blizzard Warning extended to all of Eastern Massachusetts, including Southern Bristol, Southern Plymouth, and Dukes counties.
NWS cautioned area residents to be aware of nearly impossible and potentially life-threatening travel on Sunday with dangerous conditions continuing into Sunday evening. Blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibility was expected.
Coastal Areas Should Prepare for Power Outages
The Blizzard Warning, updated at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, predicted blizzard conditions including heavy snow, poor visibility and strong to damaging winds.
Winds were predicted at 30 to 40 MPH with gusts up to 65 MPH.
POWER OUTAGES CAN BE EXPECTED AT SOME LOCATIONS DUE TO VERY STRONG WINDS... ESPECIALLY THOSE TOWARD THE IMMEDIATE COASTS. ~NWS Boston/Taunton
Snow accumulations for the area were estimated at 6-10 inches, with snow tapering continuing into Sunday afternoon.
THE WORST CONDITIONS WITH HEAVY SNOW AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SUNDAY MORNING...BUT CONSIDERABLE BLOWING SNOW AND VERY STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY EVENING. ~NWS Boston/Taunton
Photo: The coastal village of Matunuck, Rhode Island lies quiet as the first bands of snow move into the region on Saturday afternoon.