RI snowstorms

JAMES BAUMGARTNER / RIPR

As snow turned to freezing rain across parts of the state Tuesday, some people braved the precipitation and strong winds.

Snow And Rain Blast Northeast; Travel Is Treacherous

Mar 13, 2017
James Baumgartner / RIPR

A wintry mix of rain and snow is falling across Rhode Island. The roads are open, but the RI Dept. of Transportation says there is widespread flooding. The Rhode Island Transit Authority has suspended all service. Most schools are closed, as are state and city offices. 

Chuck Hinman / RIPR

State officials urged residents to stay off the roads during Thursday’s blizzard, but that didn’t stop the United States Postal Service from delivering Rhode Islanders’ mail. Postal workers could be seen driving and walking their routes mid-storm and will do so again Friday. Rhode Island USPS spokesperson Christine Dugas says employees do their best in times of inclement weather.

Winter Storm Updates

Feb 9, 2017
Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Snow has piled up throughout the region and roadways are dangerous. RIPTA suspended service for the evening because of worsening conditions. I-95 has reopened but state police are urging motorists to stay off the roads. Providence and several other cities closed schools again Friday.

RIPR File Photo

As wet, heavy snow whipped southern New England, thousands of National Grid customers found themselves without power. At one point Thursday, nearly 18,000 Rhode Island homes and businesses were experiencing outages. That number shrank to about 5,000 customers by 7 p.m.

National Grid spokesman David Graves said the utility company  had prepared, putting crews in place in advance of the storm.  

“We’ll have crews who’ll be working through the day and into the evening hours, and then a second shift coming on at 10 pm,” said Graves.

RI Snowstorm Expected Thursday

Feb 8, 2017
National Weather Service

After a Wednesday of unseasonably warm temperatures reaching the low 60s, cold air will sweep in overnight into Thursday morning, bringing snow with it.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Don’t be fooled by the recent blush of September-like weather; New Englanders know winter is on  the way.

In this vein, Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation announced today that the state is getting an additional $2.4 million in federal money from the Federal  Emergency Management Agency to help defray cleanup costs from last winter’s big January snowstorm.