snow http://ripr.org en RI Could Get Less Snow Than Expected http://ripr.org/post/ri-could-get-less-snow-expected <p>The National Weather Service has reported that this week's upcoming snowstorm will be less intense than originally expected, with the state receiving just 1 to 3 inches Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.</p><p>National Weather Service spokesman Bill Simpson says that although there have been more storms than usual this winter, the amount of snow is not out of the ordinary.</p><p>"It's not that unusual. It's not record-breaking snow, it's not record-breaking cold, but it has been pretty persistent. It's lasting into the first week of spring and maybe almost into early April."</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:35:07 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 31015 at http://ripr.org Springtime Snow On The Way For Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/springtime-snow-way-rhode-island <p>After a relatively warm weekend, with highs in the upper fifties on Saturday, Rhode Island is now being struck by below-freezing temperatures.&nbsp; And now snow is on the way.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The National Weather Service is watching a storm that’s expected to hit the North East on Tuesday night, lasting into Wednesday.&nbsp; Newport and Aquidneck Island are expected to get the brunt of it, with four to six inches of snow. A winter storm advisory has already been issued for the area. The rest of the state will see between two and four inches.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:12:31 +0000 John Bender 30931 at http://ripr.org Springtime Snow On The Way For Rhode Island What's Open, What's Closed Due to Snowstorms http://ripr.org/post/whats-open-whats-closed-due-snowstorms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Real-time updates for weather-related school, road and event closings! &nbsp;A service provided by the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ribroadcasters.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">RI Broadcasters Association</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Rhode Island Public Radio.</span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:22:20 +0000 Aaron Read & James Baumgartner 27106 at http://ripr.org What's Open, What's Closed Due to Snowstorms Shortage Of Road Salt Supplies Hits RI http://ripr.org/post/shortage-road-salt-supplies-hits-ri <p>The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it’s running low on road salt for the highways. The news comes as another winter storm is expected to hit the state.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The department says it only has enough road salt for one more storm.&nbsp; That’s because this winter has not only been harsher than others, but because it has swept across a broader swath of the country. Most states in the northeast get their salt from the same sources, and with wicked weather blanketing the region, the regular suppliers are getting tapped out.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:39:31 +0000 John Bender 29286 at http://ripr.org Shortage Of Road Salt Supplies Hits RI Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets http://ripr.org/post/heavy-snowfalls-straining-municipal-budgets <p>The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p>“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:38:24 +0000 Benjamin Becker 29246 at http://ripr.org Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets Rhode Island Hunkers Down For Yet Another Winter Storm http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-hunkers-down-yet-another-winter-storm <p>Snowflakes started falling early this morning, but already the precipitation is picking up as a winter storm sweeps across Rhode Island.</p><p>Matt Doody a meteorologist for the national weather service, said snow fall is expected to get very heavy over the next several hours.</p><p>“You’re looking at maybe like four to six inches closer to the coast.&nbsp; You’re getting closer to the six plus to six to eight inches from Providence up into the northern part of the state," said Doody.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:22:26 +0000 RIPR Newsroom 29077 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Hunkers Down For Yet Another Winter Storm Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet http://ripr.org/post/snow-falling-ri-turning-sleet <p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>A list of closings and parking bans </strong><a href="http://ripr.org/post/whats-open-whats-closed-due-snowstorms">can be found here</a>.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:40:54 +0000 Catherine Welch 28629 at http://ripr.org Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet Older Rhode Islanders remember a real Blizzard: 1978 http://ripr.org/post/older-rhode-islanders-remember-real-blizzard-1978 <p>Some of you younger people may think we are in the middle of a snowy winter here in Rhode Island. &nbsp;</p><p>Those of a certain age know better. Thirty –six years ago today, on Feb. 6, 1978, the sky opened with snow that didn’t stop for more than 24 hours.&nbsp; Providence received two feet of the white stuff in the first 24 hours and more than 4 feet blanketed Woonsocket.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:23:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 28614 at http://ripr.org It's a Snow Day http://ripr.org/post/its-snow-day <p>Many public and private schools across Rhode Island cancelled classes for today, as the snow storm gathered steam on Tuesday afternoon. In a rare move, many colleges and universities also shut down, including the Rhode Island School of Design and Rhode Island College. One notable exception, Brown University, cancelled only those classes scheduled before 10 a.m.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:47:01 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 27989 at http://ripr.org TheEC: Digital "Chirps" on 88.1 http://ripr.org/post/theec-digital-chirps-881 <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE (Jan.10):</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; Verizon sent a trio of techs today to examine the Digital Lines. &nbsp;They found a splice point on a pole near the Wheeler Farm end of the circuit where water had gotten past the weatherproofing. &nbsp;The splice was re-done, with fresh (and better) weatherproofing sealant applied, and a weather box placed around it.</span></p><p>That's likely the culprit here: the problems started during the snowstorm, so probably water got in there and expanded/contracted repeatedly as the water froze and melted. &nbsp;That expansion wreaks havoc with (relatively) fragile copper telco wiring.</p><p>As of 3pm we are back on our main STL. &nbsp;We've noticed the volume levels seemed to have changed somewhat with this repair, too, so we're still tweaking things.</p><p>----------------------------</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>ORIGINAL POST (Jan.3):&nbsp;</strong>Ever since the </span><a href="http://ripr.org/post/winter-storm-2014-continuing-coverage-and-closings-updates" style="line-height: 1.5;">hefty snowstorm and extreme cold on Thursday night</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, our 88.1 signal in Providence has been experiencing "digital chirps" now and then. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:58:44 +0000 Aaron Read 27187 at http://ripr.org TheEC: Digital "Chirps" on 88.1