Drivers urged to use caution on slick roadways

(ReportIt: Kim Matteson)

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 »

Latest Forecast

Friday will be sunny but very cold, with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s.

Providence, RI Hourly Forecast

Top Headlines

  1. Roof collapses continue to be a problem across the region
  2. Potholes are also costing residents big bucks
  3. Seventeen RIPTA bus routes are being detoured due to wintry conditions
  4. Boston has altered the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route for snow cleanup

Transportation

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.

Visit RIPTA’s website for an updated list »

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Keep your gas tank at least half full. This can prevent your gas line from freezing up.
  3. Avoid using your parking brake because it can freeze.
  4. Avoid cruise control on ice and slippery surfaces.
  5. Check your tires regularly. Tires tend to lose air pressure in the winter.

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.

 

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:

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

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