Wind Chill Advisory in effect as storm cleanup continues

PINPOINT STORMBEAT (WPRI) — Southern New Englanders had to deal with dangerously cold temperatures Friday as they worked to dig out from under the mess left behind by Thursday’s storm.

Plows, shovels and snow blowers were in high gear, cleaning up more than a foot of snow in some areas.

A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued through early Sunday, with wind chill values Friday night dipping as low as -15 to -25, which can cause exposed skin to develop frostbite in as little as 30 minutes. A High Wind Advisory was lifted as of 10 p.m. On Friday, some areas sustained winds of 15-30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph.

So when will it begin to warm up again? Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca is analyzing new data and will have an update on Eyewitness News at 10 on Fox Providence.

Many Boston-area streets on Thursday were inundated with flood waters, but why was that not a problem in Rhode Island? Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello explains.

In Taunton, snow piles can be found everywhere as everyone races to cleanup following the storm. Eric Halperin has more:

Our Interactive Flight Tracker shows some flights into and out of T.F. Green Airport are delayed Friday afternoon as crews work to clear off the tarmac.

Power outages were far fewer than expected, and those who did lose power regained it quickly. As of Friday afternoon, only a handful of National Grid and Eversource customers remained without power. Interactive Map »

A number of emergency shelters have opened around Rhode Island to help people after the storm, including five statewide backup ones at local colleges. Full List »

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Top Headlines

  • Fall River’s Government Center closed Friday, will reopen Monday, Jan. 9.
  • RIPTA said buses are back up and running Friday, but riders should expect detours
  • The MBTA said it’s operating as regularly as possible while working to clear the snow and ice
  • Raimondo said she hopes the state will be “open for business” on Friday
  • Over 70 cars were towed in Providence for not complying with parking ban

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Power outages

Transportation

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said roadways have improved, but blowing and drifting snow could create slick spots. The agency is urging people to drive with caution.

Flights at T.F. Green are back on schedule after multiple delays and cancellations during the storm. Julianne Lima has more:

More tips:

  • Before driving, ensure all snow is removed from your vehicle’s windows, roof, hood, truck and license plate
  • Use reduced speed and allow extra space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you
  • Allow sufficient space for snow plows and sanding trucks and pull over for all emergency vehicles
  • If you encounter a problem while driving, pull off the highway or move as close to the side of the road as possible and call 911

Tips

Dial 2-1-1 for information about shelters, heating centers, transportation, snow removal and more.

Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special health needs can sign up for the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry.

Stay with WPRI.com and Eyewitness News for updates on this Severe Weather Alert.

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