New England spots break April 4 snowfall records

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Forecasters say parts of southern New England have broken records for snowfall for the day.

The National Weather Service said Monday evening that records were broken in Boston and at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, where snowfall is measured.

Snow accumulation in Boston as of 5 p.m. was 3.6 inches, breaking the previous record of 1.1 inches, set on April 4, 1915. Accumulation at T.F. Green was 4.4 inches, breaking the previous record of 1.7 inches, set in 1957.

Total snowfall in Rhode Island for April is 5.2 inches already. The record for the month is 9.6 inches, set in 1907.

The total in Massachusetts for April so far is 5.5 inches. The record for April is 22.4 inches, set in 1997.

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Monday’s precipitation created treacherous travel conditions, leading to numerous spinouts and crashes on area roadways.

Main roads and highways were manageable, but side roads were a different story, according to Eyewitness News crews in the field.

Rhode Island State Police said 15 crashes were counted during the morning commute – and from 1 p.m. until about 5:50 p.m., there was a total of 36 crashes.

On Phenix Avenue in Cranston, a car collided with a school bus but we’ve learned all injuries were minor.

Below is video from Route 5 in Warwick, where traffic was backed up for hours. Christine Kellerman told Eyewitness News the scene reminded her of the December Debacle a few years ago

Many schools canceled after-school activities for Monday, including Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and North Kingstown. See our Pinpoint Closings Network for an updated list of closings and parking bans.

“I thought the winter was over,” said Travis Barbour of Providence. “But it’s not over.”

Monday’s weather also impacted Opening Day. Both the Red Sox season opener in Cleveland and the Yankees’ home game against Houston were postponed until Tuesday.

The latest forecast

Watch for icy patches this morning with temperatures in the ’20s. Flurries early Tuesday morning will give way to clearing skies… mostly sunny, chilly and blustery through the day.  High only 34-38.

Our WPRI.com Flight Tracker shows minimal impacts at T.F. Green Airport, but that could quickly change. Track your flight »

RIPTA announced it had to detour three routes due to snowfall.

The following routes are on detour:

  1. Route 27 (Broadway/Manton): Service to Hillcrest Apartments suspended.
  2. Route 29 (Kent County): Eastbound Buses will not use Highland Avenue. Trips will travel the regular route to Main Street, stay on Main Street, turn right onto Pleasant, left onto Highland, left onto Main Street and then resume regular route.
  3. Route 56 (Chalkstone Ave.): All trips will terminate at Sisson Street.

Passengers should click here for more information. 

Eyewitness News Reporter Steph Machado takes a look at the conditions downtown in Providence. See her report in the video below:

Clearing the roads

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said it had crews on the roads beginning at 3 a.m.

According to the DOT, snow adhering to the roads isn’t a major concern with the warmer temperatures we’ve seen lately – but officials say anytime snow is expected in the morning hours, they want to ensure things move swiftly and smoothly on local highways.

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Sunday’s snow was quick to melt once the sun broke through and officials said they are hopeful Monday will be similar.

Barbour said he has come to expect snow no matter what the calendar says.

“But it’s New England, so you never know what you’re going to get,” he added.

The DOT reminded drivers to allow extra time in the morning and to take it slow on the roads.

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