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Winter Storm Update

I hope everyone is somewhere warm, enjoying a cup of hot tea or cocoa. Below please find some information to help you weather through our first major winter storm.

Weather service predicts the storm will leave between 8 and 12 inches of snow in our area, followed by wind gusts exceeding 45 miles per hour. The storm will be followed by bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills dropping below zero on Friday, creating a serious frost bite risk for anyone staying outside 30 minutes or longer.

Providence Public Schools are closed Thursday, Jan 4th and Friday, Jan 5th.
Travel:  The major snowfall is expected to continue into the early evening, making it unsafe to drive throughout that time. If you have an emergency today that requires transportation, call 911.

Power Outage: If you lose electric power, call National Grid at 1-800-322-3223.

Snow Plowing/3-1-1Plow trucks are out sanding, salting and plowing streets throughout the the storm. If your street is not cleared by Friday morning, you can contact PVD 311--  by dialing 311 on your phone, downloading the mobile app or clicking on this link.
Below are some winter safety tips from my colleague Councilman Sam Zurier. Feel free to email me at or call 401-680-0252 with questions or concerns.

Stay safe and warm!


  • Be prepared. Keep an emergency kit in your home, office and car. During an emergency, such as a large-scale power outage, residents may be without services or assistance for up to 72 hours. Visit the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) at or call 401-680-8000 to find out more about emergency preparedness.
  • Stock up on food and fill your prescriptions.
  • Note the fire hydrants and catch basins near your home.
  • Put quality snow tires on your car. Tune-up your vehicle for winter driving.
  • Keep a shovel and salt handy for sidewalks and driveways.
  • Monitor local weather reports.
  • Drive only if necessary. Understand how to get where you need to go using RIPTA.
  • Park in your driveway, not on the street. This will allow snow plows and salt spreaders to safely clear the street. This is particularly important on cul-de-sacs and narrow roadways. Please note that lanes and alleys are not plowed during a snow event.
  • Observe posted signs that may restrict on-street parking in some areas during periods of heavy snow.
  • Do not abandon your car if it gets stuck. Illegally parked cars may be ticketed and/or towed.
  • Clear snow away from fire hydrants. This will make it easier for the Fire Department to locate the hydrant if there is an emergency.
  • Clear snow and ice from the catch basins in front of your home or business. This will allow for proper drainage and will reduce the chance of flooding.
  • Check on neighbors and family members who may need some help.
  • Stay away from rivers and creeks. Heavy rainfall or melting snow causes increased safety risks due to elevated water levels, swift-moving currents and bank erosion.
  • Report downed power lines. Stay clear and contact National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. Visit National Grid's website for further information about power outages.

The RI Broadcasters Association manages announcements of school and community organization closings and delays.  Go here for the latest information:

Providence Public School District (PPSD) also posts information online:


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