Winter Storm Warning issued for northwest RI ahead of weekend snow

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Preparations are being made across Southern New England with the first snowfall of the season arriving this weekend.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for northwestern Rhode Island from 4 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday while the remainder of the region will be under a Winter Weather Advisory during that time.

The Pinpoint Weather Team expects the snow to begin falling early Saturday morning and pick up in the afternoon and evening before coming to an end Sunday morning. Three to five inches is anticipated throughout much of the area, with more accumulations possible in the northwest and lower amounts in the Cape and islands.

A number of cities and towns have already issued parking bans ahead of the storm. Our Pinpoint Closing Network has that information, along with any school and religious service cancellations.

While there won’t be an abundance of snow, drivers are urged to use caution because the roads could become slick and visibility will be low at times. Tips for driving in snow or ice »

In addition to their state trucks, RIDOT has nearly 350 vendors at their disposal for snow removal, and they’re looking for more. If you’d like to help with the snow removal efforts this winter, you can apply on RIDOT’s website.

Click here to learn more and download an application »

In the below video, Meteorologist Pete Mangione looks at the timing of the storm and how local businesses are getting ready.

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