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Southern shift in storm means 8 to 12 inches of snow for most of Rhode Island

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Winter storm warning until 7 p.m. for storm expected to drop 8 to 12 inches of snow on most of Rode Island.

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PROVIDENCE – Snow is falling this morning in Rhode Island, and most of the state should see 8 to 12 inches of snow before the storm winds down late this afternoon or early evening, according to the National Weather Service.

A southward shift in the storm track means the northwestern corner of the state probably won’t see the highest snow totals for a change, but most of Rhode Island should have 8 to 12 inches of snow, the weather service says in updated projections.

Lower amounts, 6 to 8 inches are expected in the northwestern part of the state, along the coast and East Bay, the weather service says.

The entire state is under a winter storm warning until 7 p.m.

Travel will be hazardous, and Governor Dan McKee has advised Rhode Islanders to stay off the roads. The forecast has led to widespread cancellations.

The snow is likely to fall at a rate of 1 to 2 inches an hour across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts from mid-morning until mid-afternoon, the weather service says.

“This is a fast moving storm and the window for heavy snow is relatively brief but should be enough for snowfall of 6-10 inches in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts,” the weather service said in its forecast discussion.

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“Strong winds are expected on the back side of the departing low center, and this coupled with the heavy, wet snow may result in downed trees and power lines which will result in concerns for power outages, the weather service says.

“If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency,” the weather service says.

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