Providence Place, Warwick Mall to close early for storm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Place Mall and the Warwick Mall will close Monday night at 7 p.m. as the state braces for a massive storm that could bring two feet of snow over the next two days.

Providence Place said it will remain closed Tuesday, while the Warwick Mall has not made a decision yet, according to messages posted on their websites.

Gov. Gina Raimondo said she will sign an executive order declaring a state of emergency for this “extreme and severe weather event.” She urged all drivers to be off the roads by 8 p.m. Monday, and said a travel ban has been issued starting at midnight.

The travel ban will remain in effect until further notice, the governor said.

Raimondo said she decided to declare a state of emergency Monday morning because “we believe this storm is so severe that it poses an imminent threat to the safety of our citizens, and as your governor it is my job to protect you and protect our property.

Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan

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