PORTSMOUTH — Town Hall will be closed today, Jan. 3, due to hazardous driving conditions.
The Portsmouth Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is recommending that drivers stay off the roads today as much as possible.
“Portsmouth Police and Department of Public Works are reporting that all roads, including East Main and West Main roads, are snow-covered,” EMA reported in a Facebook message sent out shortly after 6 a.m. “Heavy snow continues to fall and visibility is poor. Both the police and ask that everyone stay off the roads until conditions improve.”
A parking ban in town is in effect through 8 p.m. Friday.
Conditions are expected to improve later this morning. EMA will issue an updated travel advisory at 9 a.m. or sooner if conditions improve before then. You can also check updates on EMA’s Facebook page here.
“Dave Kehew (Department of Public Works director) is in the process of mopping up the rest of the plow operation,” said John King, EMA director, shortly before 10 a.m. “Everyone went well as far as I can tell.”
Mr. King advised residents to take precautions in the bitter cold.
“I would definitely recommend that anyone who’s going to be outdoors be dressed for the occasion. We’re entering frostbite territory,” he said.
Public schools were canceled for yesterday and today. St. Philomena School and Bradley School also canceled classes.
Also closed today are Countryside Children’s Center, Island Child Care Center, Island Day School, the Portsmouth Senior Center (no meals), Portsmouth Free Public Library, King’s Grant Fellowship (no AAA meeting) and East Coast Performing Arts Center.
St. Barnabas Church has canceled its 9 a.m. service for Friday.
Clements’ Marketplace was closed this morning to allow for better road conditions and to clear snow from its parking lots, but is expected to re-open at noon.
Prudence Ferry has limited service Friday, with only the 3:30 p.m. boat still scheduled to run. Contact the ferry office at 401/253-9808 for more information.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has detoured seven bus routes until further notice. They include Route 60, with service to Bay View Apartments and the Boyd’s Lane Park-n-Ride suspended.
To report any hazards or safety concerns, call the Portsmouth Police Department at 683-0300 or the Portsmouth Fire Department at 683-1200. In an emergency, always call 911.