A nor’easter that could drop a foot of snow is heading for Rhode Island on Friday and the Barrington Department of Public Works has already started getting ready.
DPW Director Alan Corvi said that while the forecast may not be certain, workers are taking the standard set of precautions. That includes everything from making sure there is plenty of salt and sand to oil changes and new wiper blades for plow trucks.
Conflicting weather forecast systems say the storm could start with snow before turning to rain later Friday night or it could stay snow straight into Saturday morning. Current estimates have Barrington in-line for anywhere from six to 12 inches of snow.
“There seems to be quite a bit of debate as far as what this is going to do by tomorrow night,” Mr. Corvi said.
To keep up witht he changing forecast, Mr. Corvi siad the DPW is staying flexible with scheduling its workers. If it looks like it will start snowing early, Mr. Corvi said, workers will be in before rush hour. If it’s going to start later, workers will be in at normal times.
Attention may also shift to clearing storm drains if rain does come into play Saturday night.
The town’s winter parking ban is currently in effect, banning vehicles from local roadways overnight. Residents with property abutting sidewalks are also responsible for clearing these walkways following a snow storm.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Corvi said the storm hadn’t become a popular topic of conversation at DPW. Those talks will likely wait until mid-day Thursday when a concrete forecast starts to take shape.
“Tomorrow will be the big test,” Mr. Corvi said.
The winter thus far has been a relatively mild one for the area with a couple of subtsantial snow storms and a number of one inch storms. Overall, Mr. Corvi said the annual snow removal budget is in “OK” shape.