Providence Extends School Year, To Make Up For Snow Days

Feb 6, 2015

Providence Public Schools have maxed out their snow days.  The district has called 5 snow days, already 2 more than they planned for.  

Spokesperson Christina O’Reilly said the district will have to extend the school year until June 25th.  “At this point we’ve assured families, and staff that February vacation is not going to be on the table,” said Reilly. 

Deep Freeze Could Make For Messy Commute

Feb 3, 2015
John Bender / RIPR

As Rhode Islanders continue to dig out from Monday’s snow storm, they’ll have to do it in the frigid cold.

Across the state, temperatures are hovering around ten degrees, with wind chills making it well below zero.  National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Nocera said Rhode Island won’t get much a reprieve as the day wears on.  “Despite some sunshine temperatures are only going to get up to 15, 17 degrees, that’s it.  The good news is that the winds will diminish this afternoon,” said Nocera.

Yet Another Winter Storm Bears Down On Rhode Island

Feb 2, 2015
Catherine Welch / RIPR

More snow is hitting Rhode Island this morning.  The National Weather Service predicts about a foot could fall in the northwestern part of the state. 

Matt Doody, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the rest of the state will see less of the white stuff.  “It drops off fairly quickly, so that the immediate Providence-metro area is anywhere from 6-8 inches, and then the coastline is probably only on the order of like 3-6 or so.”

Catherine Welch / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are getting generally high marks for their response to the blizzard earlier this week.  The state continues to dig out from the major winter storm.

File/Ian Donnis / RIPR

As crews clear roads and parking lots, the excess snow is piling up. And the Department of Environmental Management urges cities, towns and businesses to avoid dumping all that snow into any body of water.

That includes ponds, lakes, rivers, wetlands and the ocean. Why? Well, all the salt, sand, littler and oil from cars pollute the water, harming wildlife and possibly sinking down into the groundwater.

Heavy Wet Snows Expected For Saturday

Jan 23, 2015

A winter storm is expected to hit Rhode Island this weekend. The National Weather Service has already issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region.  

Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson said there will be a wide range of snowfall across the state.  “It’s going to be a pretty big variability with the snow amounts.   Newport: probably just a trace, a little bit more, and up in the far northwest part of Rhode Island could be upwards of six maybe even a little bit more.  Within greater Providence itself, probably 1 to 3 inches,” said Simpson.

Frigid Weather Persists Across Rhode Island

Jan 9, 2015

Things are a bit warmer Friday compared to the single digit temperatures of the past several days. 

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will hover in the low thirties today, before dipping back into the teens overnight. Bill Simpson is spokesman for the National Weather Service. “We’re still gonna continue to be cold, tomorrow’s lows in the lower teens, and the highs in the mid-twenties, so we’re still going to be running a good eight to ten degrees below normal through the weekend,” said Simpson.

Thanksgiving travelers are in for a messy drive Wednesday.  A winter storm advisory has been issued for the state, as a storm moving up from the south is expected to dump snow and rain on the Ocean State.  National Weather service meteorologist Alan Dunham said if you can hit the road today, you’ll be better off. The entire state will see rain and snow, about 1-2 inches, but the northern region will see even more.

RI Could Get Less Snow Than Expected

Mar 25, 2014

The National Weather Service has reported that this week's upcoming snowstorm will be less intense than originally expected, with the state receiving just 1 to 3 inches Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

National Weather Service spokesman Bill Simpson says that although there have been more storms than usual this winter, the amount of snow is not out of the ordinary.

"It's not that unusual. It's not record-breaking snow, it's not record-breaking cold, but it has been pretty persistent. It's lasting into the first week of spring and maybe almost into early April."

Springtime Snow On The Way For Rhode Island

Mar 24, 2014
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

After a relatively warm weekend, with highs in the upper fifties on Saturday, Rhode Island is now being struck by below-freezing temperatures.  And now snow is on the way.

The National Weather Service is watching a storm that’s expected to hit the North East on Tuesday night, lasting into Wednesday.  Newport and Aquidneck Island are expected to get the brunt of it, with four to six inches of snow. A winter storm advisory has already been issued for the area. The rest of the state will see between two and four inches.


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Shortage Of Road Salt Supplies Hits RI

Feb 18, 2014
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it’s running low on road salt for the highways. The news comes as another winter storm is expected to hit the state.

The department says it only has enough road salt for one more storm.  That’s because this winter has not only been harsher than others, but because it has swept across a broader swath of the country. Most states in the northeast get their salt from the same sources, and with wicked weather blanketing the region, the regular suppliers are getting tapped out.

Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets

Feb 17, 2014
Catherine Welch / RIPR

The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.

Providence’s Public Works Director, William Bombard, described this winter’s snowfall as above average, but says Providence still has plenty of resources to face any further storms.

“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.

Rhode Island Hunkers Down For Yet Another Winter Storm

Feb 13, 2014
John Bender / RIPR

Snowflakes started falling early this morning, but already the precipitation is picking up as a winter storm sweeps across Rhode Island.

Matt Doody a meteorologist for the national weather service, said snow fall is expected to get very heavy over the next several hours.

“You’re looking at maybe like four to six inches closer to the coast.  You’re getting closer to the six plus to six to eight inches from Providence up into the northern part of the state," said Doody.

John Bender / RIPR

Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.

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