It’s Impossible To Forget The Year Rhode Island Saw Its Single Largest Snowfall Ever

When you think of the horrific snowstorms Rhode Island has experienced, the blizzard of 2005 and Winter Storm Nemo of 2013 might pop into your mind first. But in the Ocean State, to find the largest snowfall you have to flip the calendar back a little further. No, we’re not talking about the Great Blizzard of 1888. That storm dumped a mere 20 inches on Little Rhody. The Rhode Island Blizzard of 1978 is actually when the largest snowfall occurred.

Do you remember the Rhode Island Blizzard of 1978 that attributed to the state’s largest snowfall? Share your stories and photos if you have them in the comments section below. Winter isn’t all bad in the Ocean State, you can look forward to walking this delightful Christmas tree trail that typically opens in early December. And have fun in all the snow that comes to Rhode Island as you go snow tubing and skiing at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area.

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Rhode Island's Largest Snowfall

November 01, 2021

What is winter like in Rhode Island?

Winters can be quite cold across the Ocean State but mild compared to its neighbors. However, it does get a bit of the same weather as its neighbors, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The coldest month is January with average lows hovering around 20°F. But just because it’s cold during the winter doesn’t mean you can’t go and enjoy the great outdoors. There are plenty of activities to enjoy come winter like hiking, ice skating, sledding, horseback riding, and more. You can find additional activities ideas in our article, 9 Winter Activities For The Family In Rhode Island.

What will winter be like in Rhode Island this year?

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the long-range weather forecast prediction for Rhode Island this winter is below-normal to average temperatures and above-normal snowfall. The coldest temperatures will be felt throughout December as well as in mid-January. Break out the winter boots, hats, gloves, warm jackets, and snow shovels come wintertime this year!

Where should I go hiking in winter in Rhode Island?

For those of us who are from Rhode Island, we know there are some incredible trails to explore even in the winter. Read our article, 9 Picturesque Trails In Rhode Island That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking, to help plan your seasonal hiking adventures. You can head to Charlestown to Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge which has both long and short trails. Then there’s Pulaski State Park and Recreation Area in Chepachet which has 10 miles of trails to explore across its 100 acres. The Blackstone River Bikeway is another great trail come winter as it is flat and relatively easy to navigate. Plus, the views are quite lovely!