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Reports Of Crashes, Spinouts As RI Drivers Say Hello To Winter

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The state department of transportation is clearing spin-outs and crashes across the state as a result of the slippery driving conditions. DOT workers...

The state department of transportation is clearing spin-outs and crashes across the state as a result of the slippery driving conditions. DOT workers said things have been relatively quiet DOT officials expect more accidents, as snows turn to sleet, and more motorists hit the roads.

DOT spokesperson Charles St. Martin says the wintry mix is expected to taper off, but not before creating more hazardous driving conditions.

“We’re still seeing some snow and sleet fall in different parts of the state,” said St. Martin. “And where the sleets falling it’s making for some pretty slippery conditions, kind of in southwestern Rhode Island, as it transitions to rain.”

St. Martin says some 100 plows and salt trucks have been clearing the major highways for hours.

“Most of the highways are in good shape, down to bare pavement, but there are still slushy areas, especially along the sides,” said St. Martin. “And secondary roads, people can expect them to be snow covered.”

Charles St. Martin added that though major highways have been plowed drivers still need to be extra careful.

“Plan extra time for their trip in, reduce their speed, and give plenty of room around for the plows to operate. We haven’t had snow in a long time so it’s a chance for people to get re-acclimated to winter driving.

Snow is expected to transition to sleet and rain through the day.

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The first snow of the season has already turned to first slush in downtown Providence.
The first snow of the season has already turned to first slush in downtown Providence.