As heavy snow began falling Tuesday morning in the third nor'easter this month, forecasters expected strong winds to follow, causing blizzard conditions in some areas. Rhode Island Public Radio spoke with Kim Buttrick from the National Weather Service about what to expect for Tuesday's storm.
At 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, National Grid reported 93 active outages in Rhode Island affecting 5,898 homes and businesses. The majority of the outages were in East Greenwich with 1,387 customers affected. In Massachusetts, 21,456 National Grid customers were without power. The majority of the outages were reported in Essex county along the coast. Rhode Island Public Radio will continue to monitor and update outage numbers through the storm.
Schools closed across the region, as did Rhode Island state offices. You can find a full list of closures and parking bans here.
Emergency management officials urged residents to stay off the roads during the storm. At the usual commuting hour on Tuesday, it appeared that many people heeded those warnings. A few cars could be seen driving through Providence as the storm began picking up steam, but far fewer than a typical day.