Ice remains concern in aftermath of nor’easter

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Snow and rain followed by freezing temperatures means one thing across Southern New England – ice.

Municipal workers, homeowners, and business owners were out Wednesday morning trying to clear the roads and sidewalks after Tuesday’s messy nor’easter. In many cases, people had to resort to chopping the rain-soaked snow, which froze overnight.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza praised DPW workers who worked through the night to get the roads ready but also acknowledged that tough spots remain.

“Our folks at DPW – they were out throughout the night. They got it curb-to-curb. Kudos to the entire team over there,” he said. “Then they were out sanding after the snow was removed to prevent a lot of the icing. But, as you can see, not just sidewalks, but also streets, you’ve got to be careful out there. So, everybody who’s out there, please take every precaution.”

Part of the clean-up effort is in the hands of home and business owners who, by law, are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks. Violators could face fines.

“Please to all homeowners, all property owners, make sure you’re shoveling your sidewalks. And when you’re shoveling your sidewalks, don’t throw it back onto the street. That defeats the purpose if we’re just doing that,” Elorza added.

The view from Sky Drone 12 was a much calmer image on Wednesday. Watch the video clip below. 

Drivers are also reminded to clear the snow off their vehicles before hitting the road.

Massachusetts State Police tweeted out a picture of a traffic stop on I-90 in Weston, where snow nearly covered the vehicle’s entire windshield.

Dozens of people were treated at local hospitals due to storm-related injuries.

According to a Lifespan spokeswoman, 20 people were treated for injuries sustained in vehicle crashes, 15 people were hurt in slip-and-fall incidents, and two people were seen for snowblower injuries. Several people also sought treatment for heart issues and various weather-related injuries.

Photos: March 14 Nor’easter »

Rhode Island State Police credited preparedness for a reduced number of service calls during the storm.

Col. Ann Assumpico said troopers responded to 70% fewer calls than they did during a similar storm last month.

“We’re pleased to report that no major incidents occurred during either storm. But the fact that we had only 52 calls for service yesterday as compared with 122 calls for service during the storm on Feb. 9 shows the stepped up efforts in keeping roadways safe yesterday,” Assumpico said.

She urged drivers to be on the look out for black ice in the days ahead.

“Winter in New England creates special challenges for all motorists. Hopefully, we won’t have too many more snowstorms once spring arrives next week,” the colonel said.

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