Providence cleans up from messy winter storm

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The heavy snow and rain on Tuesday has left behind a slushy mess for Southern New Englanders to clean up.

Many residents and workers in Providence spent the day trying to stay on top of the storm, including Spencer Bliss, who’s been shoveling around the city’s federal courthouse for the past 12 winters.

In the above video, Eyewitness News reporter Kelly Sullivan speaks to Bliss and Selena Machia, who found a way to get her exercise in on Tuesday.

The roads downtown were quiet throughout the day as people heeded Gov. Gina Raimondo’s directive to refrain from driving if possible. Plus, city schools and many businesses were closed as a result of the storm and RIPTA suspended its bus routes for several hours.

“Obviously we urge people to stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary,” said Rhode Island State Police Captain John Allen. “Timing is very similar to the storm we had in February. I know people had an easy time getting in on that storm, but late morning and through the afternoon we have over 100 vehicles that were stuck or slid off the highways.”

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