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PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) — Southern New England is bracing for a significant winter storm on Saturday.
Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee has declared a state of emergency and issued a statewide travel ban beginning at 8 am
A Blizzard Warning has been issued for all of Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut. Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarch says the storm could bring up to 24 inches of snow accumulations, plus strong winds and blizzard conditions.
Below, you’ll find all the latest updates regarding the storm and its impacts.
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Steady snowfall is expected to arrive after 11 pm Friday and gradually get heavier, with 2-4″ on the ground by dawn. Intense snow and strong winds will lead to near zero visibility at times, with accumulations of 15″ to 24″ expected by early Saturday night. High temperatures in the 20s, with wind chills near 0 at times.
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Many local cities and towns have parking bans in place for Saturday.
Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said it residents don’t get their vehicles off the street by 2 am, it will cost them: “It’s really going to ruin your weekend. $100 is the fine for the ticket, and $120 for the tow, and then there are storage fees.”
There’s an exception, however, for participants in a pilot program in certain neighborhoods.
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Grocery stores, hardware stores and gas stations were packed on Friday as people went out to get everything they need ahead of the storm.
McKee has scheduled his next media briefing for 9:30 am Saturday at RIEMA headquarters. 12 News plans to broadcast it live on WPRI 12 and right here on WPRI.com.
A tractor-trailer ban goes into effect at 6 am Saturday in Rhode Island, followed by a full travel ban at 8 am which covers the entire state, not just state roads.
“Stay off the roads,” McKee said Friday, adding that there are exceptions for people in specific fields like first responders and health care workers.
RIPTA service has also been canceled for Saturday.
⚠️ I am implementing a travel ban for motor vehicles on the State’s roadways from 8 AM – 8 PM and a travel ban for all tractor-trailers and motorcycles, except those carrying emergency supplies, 6 AM – 11:59 PM Saturday 1/29.
— Governor Dan McKee (@GovDanMcKee) January 28, 2022
Providence officials said there’s zero excuse to be on the road Saturday unless it’s an absolute emergency.
“Do not be that person that puts yourself in a position to be stranded or to be impeding traffic,” Col. Clements said.
Mayor Jorge Elorza asked every property owner to pitch in by clearing their sidewalks of snow, but said not to push snow back out into the roads if possible.
RI Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti said they have 75,000 tons of road salt available, with 150 state plows and 350 vendor plows ready to roll.
the WPRI.com Flight Tracker is already showing some delays and cancellations at TF Green Airport, which will likely continue through Saturday.
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While many Southern New Englanders will be hunkered down during the storm, the strong winds and heavy snow could take down some tree limbs and cause power outages.
National Grid tells 12 News that utility crews will be closely monitoring the storm and preparing to respond to any outages.
to report to outagecall National Grid at 1-800-465-1212, Eversource at 1-800-592-2000, the Pascoag Utility District at (401) 568-6222, or the Block Island Utility District at (401) 466-5851.
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Here are some winter storm safety resources from the American Red Cross to help you prepare for the storm:
Friday Evening Storm Preparations
Pawtucket Preps: Mayor Don Grebien
10:30 am News Conference: Gov. Dan McKee
10:30 am News Conference: RIDOT Director Peter Alviti
10:30 am News Conference: Lt. gov. Sabina Matos
Friday Morning Storm Preparations