Storm Dumps Nearly A Foot Of Snow On Rhode Island

Jan 21, 2014

Rhode Island is waking up under a blanket of snow, the second storm of the year. Forecasters said the storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on some parts of the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said some places got hit with almost a foot. “Heaviest snowfall so far has been over Providence County, said Dunham. “Leader of the pack right now is North Smithfield with eleven inches.”

Crews clear the sidewalk in downtown Providence as the sun came up Wednesday morning. Rhode Island got hit with nearly a foot of snow.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Westerly saw less snow with seven inches, and Aquidneck Island received only about six. Snow is still falling Wednesday in most of the state; tapering out through the day, only one more inch is expected accumulate.

The concern Wednesday is cold. Most of the morning temperatures have been in the single digits, the high Wednesday will be around 18 degrees with wind chills below zero.

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Travel Conditions Across Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Transportation had about 400 crews plowing through Tuesday night. Hundreds of crews will remain on the roads Wednesday scraping and then salting as the snow stops falling.

Pete Gaynor, Providence’s director of emergency management, said that by Wednesday morning most of the city’s primary roads were clear and crews were tackling secondary and neighborhood roads. “We have about 1,900 lane miles to plow, so that’s a lot of road to cover in a couple hours,” said Gaynor.

Gaynor said 100 crews have been plowing city streets since midnight. Providence lifted the parking ban at 11:00am Wednesday.

In Warwick, Mayor Scott Avedisian said dozens of crews had been working since midnight to clear city streets. He said all the streets should be plowed by Wednesday’s afternoon commute. “The roads are fully passable and the main roads are down to bare pavement,” said Avedisian, “so I would say that they did a great job as usual.”

Even though this is the second big storm to hit this month, both Providence and Warwick said they still have money in their budgets for plowing should February bring more snow.

T.F. Green showing departures after 11:00am taking off on time, passengers should check with their airline before heading to the airport. And Amtrak is running limited service along the Northeast Corridor.

Power Outages

National Grid’s reporting zero power outages for Rhode Island. The utility was concerned on Tuesday because of the high winds that came with the storm, Tuesday saw wind gusts of up to 35mph. But because the snow was light and fluffy, not the kind of snow that pulls down power lines, National Grid said that it didn’t think the snowfall would cause outages. What has caused power outages during past storms have been drivers crashing into utility poles, so National Grid urged drivers to be careful out on the road.

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