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.

Deep Freeze Could Make For Messy Commute

Feb 3, 2015
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.

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.

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.


Rhode Island Starts Digging Out Of The Blizzard

Jan 26, 2015
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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Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets

Feb 17, 2014
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.

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.

Rhode Islanders: The Winter Is Coming

Nov 11, 2013
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. 

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.”

Friday, February 8, 2013

Feb 8, 2013

RI braces for a record-making blizzard.  Lawmakers are considering ways to help former convicts find jobs after release.   These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.  Plus the guest on this week's Political Roundtable is Senator Harold Metts.

RIPR Satellite Dish Heater
Aaron Read

  Oh the weather outside is frightful…

Actually, this winter we haven’t seen too much snow.  Nevertheless, snow is something of a chore for us at RIPR, because it builds up on our SATELLITE DISH, which blocks the satellite signal.  Specifically, our NPR and BBC signal, and that means when it snows = dead air on RIPR!