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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.

Temperatures in the teens are causing water pipes to burst all over Rhode Island. Plumbers statewide are flat out responding to an upsurge in calls for help.

A Cranston-based plumbing company says its call volume has increased 70 percent because of cold weather-related water pipe ruptures.  Carlos Cardeal, a foreman at Statewide Plumbing and Heating, says 99 percent of all pipe breaks can be attributed to two causes: a lack of insulation in the home and keeping the temperature of the house too low.

PCAU
Aaron Read / RIPR

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.

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ORIGINAL POST (Jan.3): Ever since the hefty snowstorm and extreme cold on Thursday night, our 88.1 signal in Providence has been experiencing "digital chirps" now and then.  

Rhode Islanders Dig Out, Warm Up

Jan 3, 2014
Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The first snowstorm of 2014 may not have delivered all the snow we expected. But it has delivered the searing cold.  

Here's how Ocean Staters are digging out and staying warm.

Paul Caminero spent the morning shoveling snow in downtown Providence. But staying outside this long, in this kind of cold? That required some preparation.

“I’ve basically thrown on everything I can,” laughed Caminero. “I’ve got on two pairs of pants, gloves, North Face jacket, hoodie.”

Ambar Epsinoza / RIPR

Rhode Islanders are digging out of the first snow storm of 2014. Six to 10 inches of snow fell Thursday into Friday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter chill advisory for the region as wind chills are expected to reach -15, with a high around 14 degrees. Forecasters predict the snow will taper off around 10:00am, winds will pick up reaching 20 mph.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he’s pleased with how the state handled the first snow storm of the year. With crews out keeping roads clear, his concern now is the bitter cold that’s gripped the state.

Rhode Islanders Can't Rely On A White Christmas

Dec 23, 2013
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island set a record high temperature yesterday when the mercury hit 63 at T.F. Green Airport. The previous record was 61 set in 1990.

The unusually warm weather wiped away most of the snow on the ground.

So how often Rhode Island gets a white Christmas?

Advocates for the poor are raising concerns about proposed changes in Rhode Island’s utility shut-off rules.

For years, Rhode Island law has forbidden utility shutoffs from November 1st through April 15th. Under new rules being considered by the state Public Utilities Commission, that window would be closed April 1st and people would have earn less to be protected.

Debbie Clark of the George Wiley Center, a non-profit that advocates for the poor, said an April 1st moratorium shutoff is far too early for chilly New England.

Tuesday's Snowfall Is Expected To Stick Around

Dec 10, 2013
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island is under a winter weather advisory until 5 pm this afternoon.

Charles Foley of the National Weather service says, that Southern New Englanders should prepare for the first good snowfall of the season.

"I think we’re looking at the first plow-able snow event this year, we expect snow to begin around 9 to 10 o’clock this morning, ending around 5 this afternoon,” said Foley.

Two to four inches of snow are predicted to accumulate, and could prove to be a problem for the morning commute.

Wintery Weather Hits Rhode Island

Dec 9, 2013
John Bender / RIPR

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.

Rhode Islanders: The Winter Is Coming

Nov 11, 2013
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

If the National Weather Service is correct, we’re just hours away from the first snowfall of the season.

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow showers to begin Monday and continue through tomorrow morning.  Meteorologist Bill Simpson says an Arctic front is moving into southern New England.

"With that Arctic front there could be some snow showers. It won’t be accumulating but any time you have some snow showers with an Arctic front it could snow pretty hard for a short period of time – just enough to make the roads slippery," said Simpson. 

This I Believe RI: Pigeons

Feb 6, 2013

Conjure up in your mind one of those lovely, bucolic Rhode Island days where you are lounging on the shore overlooking Narragansett Bay, a sumptuous meal laid out on a blanket, and all of a sudden, bam, your gourmet meal has been invaded by a parade of ants.  Or perhaps you are gazing at a beautiful array of birds nibbling at your backyard feeder when, bam, some dastardly squirrel chases your feathered friends away.  Don't we just detest these common annoyances, those pesky creatures that dare to invade our tranquil moments?  Mike Fink tells us that such common irritations are in the eye of the beholder.

Winter storm puts Nat'l Grid on alert

Dec 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI  - A powerful winter storm headed for New England has power company workers on standby to respond to outages. That's because high winds expected with this storm could down trees and power lines. National Grid spokeswoman Debbie Drew says the company is on alert for any problems.

"We've activated our emergency response system. And we're watching the storm track very closely," said Drew. "That helps us determine where best to deploy crews so we can get them to hard hit areas quickly."

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