Snowflakes started falling early this morning, but already the precipitation is picking up as a winter storm sweeps across Rhode Island.
Matt Doody a meteorologist for the national weather service, said snow fall is expected to get very heavy over the next several hours.
“You’re looking at maybe like four to six inches closer to the coast. 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.
National Weather Service said areas like the Foster-Gloucester region could see as much as ten inches of snow. The snow is predicted to turn to sleet and freezing rain by the afternoon, making the evening commute especially treacherous. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has pre-treated road. It's also ready to deploy extra plows and salt trucks if they're needed according to the department's administrator of highway and bridge maintenance Joe Baker.
“We currently have over two-hundred seventy pieces of equipment out on the highways, and we’ll raise that number a little bit more as needed throughout the day," said Baker.
About fifteen flights out of T.F. Green Airport have been canceled so far. Many of them were heading south to cities dealing with the aftermath of a severe winter storm. Amtrak Trains are running it Northeast Regional trains on a limited schedule between Boston and New York.
Several school districts across the the state have canceled school including Providence, Warwick and Cranston. Many cities and towns have announced parking bans. For up to date cancelations and closings click here.
Braving snow showers in downtown Providence, Steve Johnson said he’s sick of the snow, but it helps to know the bats and balls have arrived in Florida for spring training. “When the bats and balls arrive that’s a good sign, you start thinking positive. But you get this day after day with the cold it gets sickening. What are you going to do? New England weather.”
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