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RI News
3:05 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Estimates Put Cost of January Blizzard At $9 Million

Snow plows clear a road near Brown University during the blizzard in January.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / Rhode Island Public Radio

The January blizzard cost state and local governments an estimated $9 million, according to preliminary numbers from the governor’s office.

As Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison reports, the estimate comes the same week that federal emergency management officials began touring the state to assess the impact of the Blizzard.

The preliminary numbers show state spending accounted for nearly half of the total, about $3 million. The bulk was used by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for clearing major roads of snow and ice.

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RI News
9:17 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Deep Freeze Could Make For Messy Commute

A driver heads up Exchange Terrace Tuesday morning in Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

As Rhode Islanders continue to dig out from Monday’s snow storm, they’ll have to do it in the frigid cold.

Across the state, temperatures are hovering around ten degrees, with wind chills making it well below zero.  National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Nocera said Rhode Island won’t get much a reprieve as the day wears on.  “Despite some sunshine temperatures are only going to get up to 15, 17 degrees, that’s it.  The good news is that the winds will diminish this afternoon,” said Nocera.

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RI News
9:32 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Rhode Island Leaders Get High Marks For Handling Blizzard

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza holding a press conference Tuesday to update citizens on the blizzard
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are getting generally high marks for their response to the blizzard earlier this week.  The state continues to dig out from the major winter storm.

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RI News
4:08 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Governor Checks In With Coastal Towns After Blizzard

Gov. Gina Raimondo met with leaders of South Kingstown and Narragansett to assess how the towns are doing after the blizzard.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

The Rhode Island coastline was hardest hit with high winds and power outages. That’s why Gov. Gina Raimondo decided to check-in with the town managers of South Kingstown and Narragansett, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Ambar Espinoza reports.

 

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RI News
7:22 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Rhode Island Starts Digging Out Of The Blizzard

A snow blower clears off a side walk in downtown Providence Wednesday morning
John Bender RIPR

Residents across the state are digging out of the blizzard that dumped more than two feet on parts of the state. Gov. Gina Raimondo lifted the state’s travel ban last night. She thanked Rhode Islanders for staying off the roads. There was a fire in Providence and a handful of accidents, but no major injuries from the storm.

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Winter Weather
10:22 am
Tue February 18, 2014

What's Open, What's Closed Due to Snowstorms

    

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Weather
8:38 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets

Plows clear snow in downtown Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.

Providence’s Public Works Director, William Bombard, described this winter’s snowfall as above average, but says Providence still has plenty of resources to face any further storms.

“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.

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RI News
3:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet

A plow shovels out the snow in downtown Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.

A list of closings and parking bans can be found here.

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RI News
9:26 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Rhode Islanders: The Winter Is Coming

Remember this? Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence after the February 2013 blizzard. Goodbye summer.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

If the National Weather Service is correct, we’re just hours away from the first snowfall of the season.

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow showers to begin Monday and continue through tomorrow morning.  Meteorologist Bill Simpson says an Arctic front is moving into southern New England.

"With that Arctic front there could be some snow showers. It won’t be accumulating but any time you have some snow showers with an Arctic front it could snow pretty hard for a short period of time – just enough to make the roads slippery," said Simpson. 

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RI News
5:28 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Digging out: life returns to normal, for some

Brown MFA students play in downtown snow Saturday
Photo by: Kristin Gourlay RIPR

Rhode Islanders are emerging from a blizzard that sent two feet of snow and hurricane-force winds, grinding Rhode Island to a halt.  But life isn’t entirely back to normal for everyone.

Many Rhode Island communities have sprung back to life. Stepping out of the rain in downtown Providence, Craig Ellerby says he thinks this city got back on its feet quickly.

“They anticipated this stuff coming, so they had time to prepare for it," he said. "So they had a head start on the situation before it got here, which was a big plus.”

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