RIPR News
12:41 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

RI hit by another major storm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is digging out again this morning from another powerful snow storm. Vincent Baldini, of the Providence Parks Department, is clearing snow in Kennedy Plaza this morning. He says a big challenge is finding somewhere to put the latest snowfall.

"We've got a back hoe taking some of it out because we're supposed to get more snow," he says. "But pretty much we're just shooting it wherever we can to get rid of it."

Baldini says he's worked for the city for 5 years, and he's never seen a winter season like this before. The National Weather Service says it's received reports of up to a foot of snow in parts of Rhode Island.

State Police say the snow storm has already caused numerous accidents and anyone who needs to be on the roads this morning should be prepared for challenging driving conditions.

State Police Lt. Kevin Hawkins says clearing the roads has been a challenge for road crews because of the pace of the snowfall. He says streets and highways are passable but in poor condition.

Hawkins says State Police and local authorities responded to 30 accidents between last night and early this morning. He says none were major.

School districts and private schools across Rhode Island have canceled classes or posted delayed start times. Parking bans are in effect in numerous municipalities, and many business are closed today or opening late.

There are many flight cancellations at the state's main commercial airport, T.F. Green. According to T.F. Green's website, those cancellations include some Southwest, United, U.S. Airways, Delta and Continental flights. Air travelers are urged to check with their airline for specific flight information.

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