Pinpoint Weather Alert: Icy Roads blamed for several accidents

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Many roads remain icy following Saturday’s significant snowfall.  In addition, temperatures dropped into the single digits overnight.

Eyewitness News spoke with state police around 9:30 a.m. and they say there are numerous accidents on I-95 that are causing backups on highways throughout the state.

Police were not able to confirm the exact number of accidents.

We will continue to check back with state police throughout the day.

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Wind chill were just below zero overnight and first thing Monday morning.  Kids at the bus stop Monday morning will need to dress appropriately.  Remember that pets dislike this kind of cold just as much as humans do.

According to the Pinpoint Weather Team, any melted snow and ice from Saturday’s storm will freeze quickly on area roads. Untreated roads will be slick and dangerous.  Watch for bridges, overpasses and on/off ramps especially.  Many side streets remain snow-covered and icy.

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Several communities still have parking bans in effect today. In addition, several churches have canceled services and religious education classes. Keep checking the Pinpoint Closing Network for updates.

Providence city officials reported that more than 200 cars were towed Saturday into Sunday so that plows could work. Streets were mostly clear Sunday by noon, and one resident Eyewitness News spoke with claimed that the streets were in better shape after this storm than in years past.

As people start shoveling out their own driveways and walkways, the state Department of Transportation is reminding them not to put snow back into the roads:

Firefighters also asked residents to clear their nearby fire hydrants:

Saturday evening on Eyewitness News, Governor Gina Raimondo said there were about 400 trucks driving around the state, plowing and sanding.

“We have over 400 trucks on the road right now, but obviously it’s easier for us to get the job done when there’s no cars on the road,” said Governor Raimondo. “So that’s why we’ll really be able to get to work after midnight.”

The Warwick Department of Public Works had 80 snow trucks on the street, just in their city.

“This time I have to say the weathermen were right on with the start time today,” said Warwick DPW’s Director, David Picozzi. “Ten o’clock it started, and we started dispatching our trucks onto the routes.”

The Department of Transportation had trucks plowing the snow throughout the night so roads were clear Sunday morning.

Governor Raimondo also says the Newport and Jamestown bridges were brought down to one travel lane after the winds picked up Saturday afternoon.

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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 won’t 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.


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Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special health needs can sign up for the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry.

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