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7:25 am
Fri January 21, 2011

More snow, sloppy road conditions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Forecasters say Rhode Island could be in for a messy commute this morning.

National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Sipprell says today's winter storm will be less severe than the one earlier this week, but snowfall could come down at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour during the morning hours.

"Heavier bands of snow, which are definitely going to result in heavier accumulation along exposed surfaces and, of course, reduced visibilities," Sipprell says. "And this coming at a time where we're seeing the morning commute taking place.

Meanwhile, The state Department of Transportation is urging people to delay their morning commutes if possible.

"We're suggesting if you have to be out on the roads you leave plenty of time because it's going to be a very slow go," says department spokeswoman Dana Alexander Nolfe. "But maybe you'll be in a position to shift your hours and go to work a little later to avoid the storm."

Sipprell says parts of Northern Rhode Island could see up to six inches of snow. Coastal areas are expected to see a little less, at three to five inches. A winter storm warning is in effect for the entire state until three o'clock this afternoon.

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