Frigid today, accumulating snow expected late tonight into Saturday morning

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Extremely cold temperatures and brutal wind chills are expected to move into the area later Thursday and into the overnight hours on Friday.

Strong wind gusts could lead to power outages. Anyone with outdoor holiday decorations may want to make sure they’re secured or take them inside so they’re not damaged.

Forecast

Important Tips: Safety Information for Extreme Cold »
Important Tips: Safety Information for Extreme Cold »

Brief snow squalls moved through the area that briefly led to hazardous driving conditions. While a brief snow shower is possible, Meteorologist Pete Mangione said the rest of the day should be dry.

A High Wind Warning goes into effect at 5 p.m. and goes until 4 a.m. Friday morning. A Wind Chill Advisory begins at midnight and will be in effect until 9 a.m. Friday.

The low temperatures combined with the wind chill will create dangerous conditions.

The Latest

  • RIPTA announced it is extending hours at Kennedy Plaza during the extreme cold.
    • While the ticket window will be operating during its normal weekday hours, the Transportation center will remain open until 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday so people can wait for their bus inside. The building normally closes at 7 p.m.
  • Gov. Gina Raimondo urged Rhode Islanders to check on family members, neighbors, and the elderly to make sure they have what they need to stay warm.
  • Peter Gaynor, director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency said anyone who has to venture outside should make sure they’re dressed in warm layers.
  • Gaynor urged everyone to make sure they have sufficient heating fuel for the next few days.
    • He said if you lose your heating source and need emergency heating, contact your local municipality or call 211.
  • National Grid sent an alert out about the high winds and reminded customers to stay away from downed power lines. A viewer Tweeted us a picture showing National Grid crews already out.

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Warming Shelters

Providence has opened 10 different warming shelters in the city. Below, you’ll find those locations and when they’re open.

  • Davinci Center for Community Progress (470 Charles Street): Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Federal Hill House (9 Courtland Street): Open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Silver Lake Annex Multi-Purpose Community Center (529 Plainfield Street): Open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fox Point Library (90 Ives Street): Open Monday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Wednesday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mt. Pleasant Library (315 Academy Avenue): Open Monday and Tuesday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Olneyville Library (1 Olneyville Square): Open Monday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Rochambeau Library (708 Hope Street): Open Monday 1 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Thursday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • South Providence Library (441 Prairie Avenue): Open Monday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wanskuck Library (233 Veazie Street): Open Monday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Washington Park Library (1216 Broad Street): Open Monday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Other warming shelters across Rhode Island are opening up. You can find a list of locations on Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency’s (RIEMA) website.

You can also continue to follow updates about the cold temperatures with our Pinpoint Weather Team.

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