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Yet Another Winter Storm Bears Down On Rhode Island

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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....

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. Up to six inches expected to fall on Providence on Monday into Tuesday

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.”

While the storm is not as expected to pack as much of a punch as last week’s blizzard, it is expected to make for messy driving.  Doody said the state can expect to see the snow change to a wintry mix by the afternoon. “Slowly from south to north we’re expecting that to change over to kind of a wintry mix of sleet, possibly some freezing rain in there, and then even possibly even just rain, along the immediate coastline just rain along the coastline.”

But, Doody said that mix won’t last too long. “Eventually, this afternoon, mid-to-late afternoon, it’ll transition back to just all snow across the state, as we go into the evening, and temperatures drop again.”

Forecasters expects around a foot of snow to fall in the northwestern part of the state.  Coastal areas, such as Newport, may see only about three to six inches.  Snow is expected to taper off late Monday, and early Tuesday.

Second Winter Blast Impacts Travel

There is no travel ban, but most cities and town have out parking bans in place to make plowing streets easier for road crews. Click here for a full list of parking bans and closings. RIPTA is detouring some routes as crews plow roads and clear bus stands.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said daytime snow storms pose a challenge for public officials. Like many communities. Fung said the city is focused on trying to keep roads passable. "We’ve got our full plow operations going, we’re going to continue with that effort not only on the main roads but on the side streets as well," said Fung.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is urging residents to obey the parking ban. He said some 45 cars have been towed since 2:00 am Monday.

Having to stop and tow those cars has slowed down the plowing, said Elorza.  More than 100 crews are out, focusing on major roads, especially those leading to hospitals. “Once those are clear, we’ll continue to shift resources from the main streets to those secondary streets,” said Elorza. “This is another big storm, and so we ask for everyone’s patience, we ask for everyone’s cooperation.”

Elorza says while the city takes care of the roads, residents need to stay on top of shoveling their walks.

Amtrak is keeping an eye on the winter weather and as of Monday morning reports that most Acela and Northeast Regional service running on schedule along the northeast corridor.

TF Green Airport shows most Monday morning flights were canceled, with most but not all flights starting to take off and land from the airport in the late afternoon.

And send us your winter weather pictures!  news@ripr.org

No travel bans in place, but drivers urged to use caution while out on the roads
Forecasters predict a foot of snow to fall in the northern part of the state.
Driving along 146 south before the Branch Ave exit Monday morning.
An ice covered window in Wickford as a mix of ice and snow falls on Rhode Island Monday morning.
A small snowplow clears streets of downtown Providence in the early morning light
Snow piles up along sidewalks and signs in dowtown Providence Monday morning.
Downtown Providence, blanketed in snow Monday morning.
Yet Another Winter Storm Bears Down On Rhode Island
Yet Another Winter Storm Bears Down On Rhode Island