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6:43 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Snowfall totals close to 2 ft. in parts of RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The state's northwest corner is waking up to the brunt of yesterday's winter storm. Snowfall in Burrillville, Cumberland and West Gloucester ranged between 20 and 21 inches with Foster seeing the highest totals at nearly 22 inches.


National Weather Service meteorologist Rebecca Gould says the snow is not likely to melt in the next few days as the temperatures remain below freezing.


"Along the coast, it will get two [degrees]or slightly above freezing on Saturday," Gould says. "Sunday, it looks like most of the state will be above freezing but it's going to be barely 35, 36 degrees."


Snowfall totals from the storm were not as severe in the Newport area, where totals ranged between six and eight inches.


The snowfall may have stopped last night but it's continuing to interrupt plans today. Schools across the northern part of the state have cancelled class or issued one-hour delays.


The closures include Providence schools, Pawtucket Schools, Central Falls, and Lincoln, among others. Parking bans are in effect in several communities, including Central Falls, Cumberland, Coventry and Johnston.


Washington Trust bank says it will have delayed openings at area banks, but other businesses, like the Warwick Mall, have returned to normal operating hours.


Some roads in Rhode Island remain slick this morning, as plows have not yet cleared away the snow completely.


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation kept crews out overnight and warned drivers late last night to be on guard for drifting snow and challenging driving conditions.

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