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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) —  Eyewitness News reporters and meteorologists are covering a windy, icy, and slushy Monday. This page collects all the latest headlines and vital information. Use ctrl+F on your keyboard to search for specific information.

Forecast

A High Wind Warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Monday. According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts of 40-50 mph will be capable of downing trees and power lines, as well as causing property damage.

The weight of the snow and ice could also have an impact on trees and power lines, meaning power outages could be a concern Monday. According to our Power Outage Database, about three dozen households were without power as of 1:30 p.m.

Photos: February 12, 2017 Snowstorm »
Photos: February 12, 2017 Snowstorm »

Total Accumulations: While a little additional snow is possible today, most of what is on the ground will be the final storm total. In general, amounts were 2″-5″ in Kent County, Providence Metro area, and northern Rhode Island and into central Bristol County, Mass.; 1″-3″ along the south coast.

Icy roads also remain a concern on Monday.

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Top Headlines

  • Pawtucket and Attleboro are among school districts clsoed Monday. Seekonk under 2 hour delay. Pinpoint Closing Network »
  • Providence Public Schools will be OPEN Monday, but operating on a two-hour delay.

  • Citywide parking ban in effect in Providence at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Garbage and recycling canceled.
  • Many local cities and towns have parking bans in effect. See full list »
  • RIPTA is detouring six routes (6, 21,27, 50, 55, and 87) until further notice.

Power outages

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  • Report an outage to National Grid: Call 1-800-465-1212 or if you have life-sustaining equipment in your home call 1-800-322-3223.
  • Report an outage to Eversource (previously NSTAR): 1-800-592-2000.
  • Report an outage to Pascoag Utility District: 1-401-568-6222.
  • Snow hotline for Providence residents: 1-401-680-8080.

NEVER touch downed power lines. Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

POWER OUTAGE DATABASE:  Track power outages by city or town »

Transportation

Winter Weather Resources

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.

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Closings and Cancellations

There are dozens of closings and parking bans already listed in the Pinpoint Closing Network. For the latest information click on the below link.

PINPOINT CLOSING NETWORK: Latest closings, delays and parking bans »

Cities & Towns

Event Cancelations/Postponements

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Health Department: Those with special health care 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.

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

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