Your RI Weather Today, Jan. 7, 2022 – John Donnelly

by John Donnelly, meteorologist

Winter storm winds up and hammers us in the morning of fairly wet snowball snow, given the high dew points relative to air temps, both within a couple of degrees of freezing.

We’ll have winds out of the west and northwest gusting to 30 mph and above, particularly along the coastal regions, so driving in the morning could be an adventure.

Daytime highs in the low 30’s fall only to the mid 20’s in the evening and below during the overnight, drawing moisture out of the snow and making it less workable for sculptures.


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.

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