Snow Blankets Morning Commute, Delaying Some Schools

Jan 17, 2018

A blanket of wet, heavy snow made for a beautiful, if messy, Wednesday morning commute. Trees were lined by white snowflakes, and some streets had a thin covering of snow by 8 a.m.

Several school districts, including Cranston, Warwick and Fall River, delayed the start of classes by one hour. In Providence no delays were announced.

Many communities instituted parking bans. You can find the full list here.

Forecasts for snow totals varied by location. The National Weather Service expected the southern coastal areas of Rhode Island and Massachusetts would get only about an inch of snow. Accumulations could be higher in some places, forecasters said.

"We're forecasting about an inch or two of snow for the greater Providence area," said Frank Nocera, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "For northern Rhode Island, there they can expect two to four inches of snow, basically north and west of [Interstate] 295."

Providence was placed under a Winter Weather Advisory, with snow expected to continue until about 1 p.m. Coastal areas from Westerly to New Bedford were expected to get snow that might begin mixing with rain by mid to late morning.

A snow-covered road on Providence's East Side.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Drivers across the region were urged to slow down and take extra precautions as snow began to accumulate. State police were called to investigate a truck that rolled over on Interstate 95 just south of downtown Providence. The accident blocked lanes of traffic but resulted in no injuries, authorities said.