Your RI Weather Today, Dec. 8, 2021 – John Donnelly

by John Donnelly, meteorologist

A coastal low develops over the southeast US and intensifies over Cape Hatteras, moving northeast and eventually passes to the south of southern New England. We’ll see some afternoon light rain that will eventually change over the light snow by evening as cool air is pulled into the system.

We could see up to an inch out of the system in the greater Providence area, up to 2 inches in the northwestern snow-prone areas.

Afternoon highs in the low 40’s bookended by morning and evening lows in the low 30’s with a light northerly breeze.


John Donnelly was born in Hialeah, Florida and moved back to Rhode Island and settled in Johnston, where he grew up until graduating from Lyndon State College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. As a child John always wanted to know how air moved, and he ran towards not away from thunder and lighting and various other ominous weather phenomena. He returned in 2001 to the old family neighborhood of Elmhurst where the McCabe’s, Donnelly’s, Walker’s and Callan’s have been since after the Civil War.