PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — No signs of snow in our area this morning, but drivers are still urged to use cautions on the roadways, as there are many slick spots, especially on side roads. There are also a few school delays.
Much of the region was hit with several inches of accumulation Thursday, with some areas seeing as much as 9 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Snow totals by region »
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Friday will be sunny but very cold, with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s.
Providence, RI Hourly Forecast
- Roof collapses continue to be a problem across the region
- Potholes are also costing residents big bucks
- Seventeen RIPTA bus routes are being detoured due to wintry conditions
- Boston has altered the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route for snow cleanup
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is currently detouring 15 routes due to the winter weather conditions. Updates will be posted on RIPTA’s website (www.ripta.com), Facebook (@RideRIPTA) and Twitter (@RIPTA_RI), and passengers are also asked to monitor news reports. In addition, riders are strongly urged to sign up for electronic News Updates at www.ripta.com/detours-news so they can receive emails notifying them of any service disruptions. Customers are advised to use extra caution at bus stops, as conditions may slippery.
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- Road: RIDOT, MassDOT, driving tips
- Air: WPRI Flight Tracker
- Rail: Amtrak, MBTA
- Buses: RIPTA
- Ferry: Block Island Ferry, Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry
Cold Weather Car Tips from AAA of Southern New England
Extreme cold can be a hassle for drivers. AAA of Southern New England has tips to keep your car running smoothly.
- Drive your car on a regular basis. A car’s battery suffers a lot in really cold weather. When the temperatures drop to about 32 degrees, a car loses about 30% of its battery capacity. When temps drop to zero, a car could lose half its battery capacity. If you leave your car sitting in cold temperatures for two or three days it wont’ start.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full. This can prevent your gas line from freezing up.
- Avoid using your parking brake because it can freeze.
- Avoid cruise control on ice and slippery surfaces.
- Check your tires regularly. Tires tend to lose air pressure in the winter.
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.
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. Winter Emergency Supply Kit »
- 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. Weather Alerts »
- 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. WPRI 12 Free Apps: Download Pinpoint Weather App | Download WPRI 12 Eyewitness News App
- 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.
- Be Storm Ready: WPRI.com Storm Ready Resource Guide »
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