State Police: Snow during commute causes 15 accidents

This fender bender on Route 6 in East Providence is one of several reported during the morning commute of Dec. 14, 2017 due to snowy conditions. (Photo: Nancy Krause | WPRI 12)

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) – Snow during Thursday morning’s commute caused slippery roads and traffic backups throughout the state.

The first flakes were spotted just after 3:30 a.m. and snow continued to fall until approximately 10 a.m.

What was at first expected to be a light dusting turned out to be several inches, with accumulations over three inches in several areas. Southern Rhode Island and coastal areas saw the greatest accumulation.

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According to the Rhode Island State Police, there were 15 minor crashes throughout the morning. No serious injuries or crashes were reported.

They said Routes 95, 4, and 1 in the southern part of the state had the worst road conditions.

The department reminds drivers to drive with extra caution during inclement weather and leave extra time to get to a destination, as well as to clear all ice and snow from vehicles before driving.