Chafee Declares State of Emergency
Motorists are asked to get off the roads as the storm intensifies.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee has declared a state of emergency, as forecasted snowfall totals continue to increase. Parts of Rhode Island could see as much as 30 inches of snow by the time the storm abates tomorrow afternoon.
Rhoe Island residents should be getting off the roads and hunkering down as the storm picks up steam. There is a very good chance parts of teh state will see 2 feet of snow, according to wpri.com, but areas from Providence and points north could potentially get 30 inches of snow.
"We have a very serious storm approaching," Chafee said. "I encourage all Rhode Islanders to take this seriously. This is a major storm. Be prepared."
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is urging motorists to get off the roads and stay home until the storm ends Saturday afternoon. Road crews throughout the state are working around the clock tonight to keep roads passable for emergency vehicles.
Visibility is already poor on the highways, and will only worsen as the snow and winds increase throughout the day. Gusts of 60 mph are anticipated throughout the region.
National Grid has warned Rhode Islanders to expect prolonged power outages as the heavy snow and wind could knock down tree limbs and power lines. Crews will have difficulty reaching areas in need of repair as the storm is expected to sump 2-3 inches of snow an hour during its heigh this evening into Saturday morning.
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