StormBeat: Some schools delay opening, black ice remains a concern

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) —  Eyewitness News reporters and meteorologists are covering the aftermath of the winter storm that hit our area Tuesday, March 14. This page collects all the latest headlines and vital information. Use ctrl+F on your keyboard to search for specific city/town information. For all the latest updates, check out our live stream.

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Forecast

Watch for areas of black ice this morning, as temperatures are well below freezing.  Any untreated surfaces after yesterday’s snow and rain will be icy.  It will be a brisk and unseasonably chilly day. While most of the day is dry, a few quick snow showers/flurries are possible in the afternoon. DETAILED 7 DAY »

Top Headlines

  • RIDOT urging drivers to use caution on the roads and watch for black ice
  • No local schools districts announced closings, but several – including Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket – issued delays for Wednesday.
  • Barrington Middle School is closed Wednesday due to roof leaks.
  • RIPTA said all service will resume Wednesday morning.
  • Rhode Island State Police reported 16 accidents as of 4 p.m., including a jackknifed tractor-trailer on I-95 in West Greenwich.
  • Lifespan reported 18 weather-related injuries at its hospitals as of 3:15 p.m.
  • A wind turbine at Salty Brine Beach came crashing down during the storm.
  • The storm forced tournament-bound hoops teams to alter travel plans.

In the below video, Eyewitness News reporter Kelly Sullivan meets some Providence residents who found an interesting spot for sledding during the snow day.

Power outages

As of Wednesday morning, National Grid is reporting fewer than five power outages in Rhode Island. There are thousands of power outages in Massachusetts, but none of them are in Bristol County.

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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.

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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:

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  • 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.

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