UPDATE (Jan.10): Verizon sent a trio of techs today to examine the Digital Lines. They found a splice point on a pole near the Wheeler Farm end of the circuit where water had gotten past the weatherproofing. The splice was re-done, with fresh (and better) weatherproofing sealant applied, and a weather box placed around it.
That's likely the culprit here: the problems started during the snowstorm, so probably water got in there and expanded/contracted repeatedly as the water froze and melted. That expansion wreaks havoc with (relatively) fragile copper telco wiring.
As of 3pm we are back on our main STL. We've noticed the volume levels seemed to have changed somewhat with this repair, too, so we're still tweaking things.
Time to get out the snow shovel. The first significant snowfall of the season is headed our way and expected to start Saturday afternoon.
The Weather Service said a low-end Nor’easter will arrive in Rhode Island Saturday afternoon, bringing snow and wind gusts up to 40 miles an hour along the coast. By the time it’s over Sunday afternoon, the ground will be covered with three to six inches of snow.
The calendar still says autumn but it sure is looking like winter out there. You’re waking up to a mixture of snow and sleet which may make the morning commute a challenge. National Weather Service meteorologist Hayden Frank says the afternoon commute will be much easier.
"We’ll see a transition from the snow and sleet to rain as we work through Monday morning but the Monday morning commute will be messy because we will be dealing with a mixture of snow and sleet at the time," said Frank on Sunday.
Our heat wave is expected to persist throughout the rest of the work week. Temperatures will remain, at least, in the lower 90s until Friday.
Bill Simpson is the Spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Boston. Under these conditions, he recommends for everyone to stay hydrated and indoors as much as possible. Simpson also states the worst time to be outside is as the weather peaks at its highest temperature.
The State Department of Environmental Management has listed the local communities that have opened public cooling centers. The centers are meant for those seeking some relief from the heat and humidity.
RIEMA spokesperson Annemarie Beardsworth states that there are various public venues people can turn to for a break from the weather.
“Many of them are in libraries. There are some communities that utilize their senior center or their town hall. And each of those cities and towns sends us a listing of where the cooling centers are in their community.”
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