Pinpoint StormBeat: Snow showers this afternoon; another snowstorm possible Monday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — WPRI 12 reporters and meteorologists are continuing to cover the winter weather impacting our area. This page collects all the latest headlines and vital information on this storm. Use ctrl+F on your keyboard to search for information on your city or town.

Friday evening’s commute could be another slow one as the region was hit with a light snowfall Friday on top of what the blizzard brought earlier in the week. JamCam Traffic Updates >>

This recent bout of winter weather is not over, however. The Pinpoint Weather Team says we could see at least six more inches early Monday morning, though at this point the storm’s track is not yet definitive.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from late Sunday evening through Monday night for Northwest Providence, Western Kent, Newport and Bristol Counties.

Serve Rhode Island thanks the 143 volunteers who helped elderly and disabled residents with their snow removal needs this week, but says approximately 200 more residents are still in need of help. Click here to volunteer »

Several of RIPTA’s routes are being detoured Friday as a result of the morning snowfall combined with many roads being already narrowed due to the blizzard earlier this week. Visit RIPTA’s website for an updated list »

Attleboro and Fall River have canceled school for Friday due to the road conditions, while parking bans remain in effect in some cities and towns. Full list of closings »

The Rhode Island Blood Center relies on 250 to 280 donations a day to supply the state’s hospitals, and is now urging people to donate since they were unable to open on Tuesday.

The blizzard made its way into the top 5 in Providence since those records started being kept in 1904. Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo says the storm ranks fourth at 19.1 inches. The city of Worcester has seen a whopping 34.5 inches, the most in their history.

State police said one driver was arrested for violating the travel ban by traveling more than 80 miles per hour on I-95 in Warwick.

PHOTOS: Collection of blizzard images from Eyewitness News viewers » (Submitted by Kate in Narragansett)
PHOTOS: Collection of blizzard images from Eyewitness News viewers » (Submitted by Kate in Narragansett)

Do you have photos and videos about the storm? Share them with us by emailing ReportIt@wpri.com.

Forecast

Now that the storm is over, Eyewitness News meteorologist Michelle Muscatello said Thursday will be partly sunny and cold with a high around 30. Light snow will be developing overnight.

 

 

Transportation

Tips

Safety Tips: Winter Weather Resource Guide >>
Safety Tips: Winter Weather Resource Guide >>

Dial 2-1-1 for information about shelters, heating centers, transportation, snow removal and more.

Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special health needs can sign up for the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry.

Closings and Cancellations

 

Top Headlines

  • Two men in the Providence metropolitan area died while shoveling snow, according to the R.I. Department of Health.
  • 274 people have been treated for storm related injuries, according to health officials
  • Schools are back open in many communities. But, kids living in some of the larger cities have another day off.
  • The Rhode Island Blood Center is asking for potential donors to donate blood in the coming days, as they were forced to shut their doors during Tuesday’s blizzard.
  • Raimondo said she has already made Rhode Island’s federal congressional delegation and the White House aware that the state will seek federal funds for assistance following the storm.
  • Parking bans are still in effect until further notice in some places so crews can efficiently remove snow from the roadways. Residents can park on the side of the street opposite the fire hydrants – unless posted otherwise – and violators could be subject to towing and/or a fine.
  • Serve Rhode Island is in need of volunteers to help remove snow.

Cities & Towns

Event Cancellations/Postponements

Safety Tips

The Red Cross urges residents to prepare for winter weather, emphasizing that preparing early will help avoid last minute rushing. The Red Cross recommends how families should prepare:

  • Assemble an emergency preparedness kit: This should include winter-specific supplies such as warm clothes, hats, gloves, water resistant shoes, extra blankets, and sand or non-clumping kitty litter.
  • Follow storm warnings: A winter storm WATCH means storm conditions are possible in the next 36-48 hours, a winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening or severe weather conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours.
  • Prepare your home and car: Keep your gas tank full to keep the fuel line from freezing and make sure your home is properly insulated.
  • Use technology: Free apps can give real-time information to help you prepare.
  • Health Department: Those with special healthcare needs can enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry. by clicking here. Those without access to a computer can call 2-1-1.

Stay with WPRI.com and Eyewitness News on WPRI 12 for updates during this Pinpoint Weather Alert.

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