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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.