Cyclists wanting a clear ride on state bike paths during the winter will have to wait until the snow melts.
The Chief of Rhode Island State Parks, Robert Paquette, says the state does not clear bike paths during the winter. “You know, people use them more for cross country skiing in the winter so we don’t plow them, liability reasons. We don’t use salt because a lot of them go to water areas. And so there are many different reasons why we don’t plow our bike paths.”
Paquette adds the parks department will make sure the paths are clear in time for spring riding.
In Cranston, city officials are reminding residents they are required to shovel their sidewalks. Residents have 24 hours from when the snow stops to clear the sidewalks outside their homes.
Mayor Allan Fung says the city has not cited anyone for violating the citywide ordinance. “But we will cite if we have to and have the authority under the ordinance for those willful type violations. You know, completely ignoring the warnings from the officers or anything, you know, ridiculous.”
The National Weather Service is still compiling the data from this past weekend’s snow storm. But even without official measurements Meteorologist Matthew Belk says: we saw a lot of snow. “Looking across Rhode Island we’re looking at widespread accumulations of a foot and a-half to two and a-half feet of snow. The highest snowfall that I see in RI is 27.6 inches in West Glocester.
Providence officials are preparing for what the National Weather Service says could be a historic snow storm.
The weather can change in an instant, of course. But officials are bracing for a whopper of a snowstorm starting tomorrow and lasting through Saturday afternoon. We could see winds up to 60 miles an hour by late Friday, coastal flooding, even thunder and lightning according to some reports.
We’re about to get a slight break from the Arctic cold we’ve been enduring. Until then, Rhode Island area shelters are bursting at the seams as the homeless seek shelter from single digit temperatures.