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Your RI Weather Today, Jan. 14, 2022 – John Donnelly

by John Donnelly, meteorologist

It looks like we will dodge a major bullet as two dive-bombing low pressure centers ‘Fujiwara’ their way along the northeast US coast, meaning they will be holding hands and spinning around one another, neutralizing some of the main bite of the whole storm.

We’ll still see some rain out of the deal here during the midday hours, but the bulk of the action will remain out to sea, avoiding what could have been trillions of gallons of rain.We won’t escape the howling winds, however. Gusts during the afternoon will approach and in some coastal areas, exceed 40 mph.

Be on the lookout for tree shrapnel!

Early afternoon highs around 40 plummet to the low 20’s by evening as those blue northeries drag in the cold air.


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.