Shoveling out and getting back to normal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's back to normal today for much of Rhode Island, a day after the first major storm of the season dumped more than a foot of snow on some areas, causing travel delays, power outages and challenging road conditions.

At Providence's train station, some Amtrak passengers are behind schedule today. But others, like Jane Berens, say things appear back to normal.

"We're traveling to Washington D.C. from Providence," Berens says. "Right now, the board says On Time' so we're hoping that's true."

Most flights to and from T.F. Green Airport in Warwick are running on time. Rhode Island saw fewer power outages than neighboring Connecticut and Massachusetts, and today National Grid, the state's dominant utility, is reporting few outages. Around the region, airline officials are resuming flights at Logan Airport in Boston. And in Connecticut, an emergency operations center is staying open today to assist residents still without power.

The roads may look like they're back to normal after yesterday's blizzard, but there's still more work to be done before they're entirely safe.

The Department of Transportation says most of the state's streets are back down to the black top, but there's still plenty of snow in piles along the side of the roads.

Spokesman Charles Saint Martin says about a 100 vehicles are tackling that problem today. "They're going to be either pushing back any slush that was on the edge of the roads or additional salting or plowing of drifted areas as needed," he says.

St. Martin says drivers should continue to be cautious as high winds blow snow back onto the streets, impairing visibility and making for slippery roads.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story contains Associated Press reports.

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