East Bay preps for snow storm


A winter storm making its way across the Midwest is expected to bring upwards of six inches of snow to the East Bay area early tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, starting at midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Wednesday. The morning snowfall will give way to rain and sleet around 9 a.m. Light snow or flurries may develop later in the day. Travel will be slow at best on well-treated surfaces.

The following East Bay towns have issued closures and parking bans:

  • Little Compton: No school
  • Portsmouth: No school; Town Hall delays opening until noon on Wednesday
  • Tiverton: No school, parking ban effective Wednesday at 12 a.m.
  • Warren: No school, Parking ban effective Wednesday at 12 a.m.
  • Bristol: No school, Parking ban effective Wednesday at 12 a.m.
  • East Providence: Parking ban effective Tuesday at 11 p.m.

The State of Rhode Island will enact its adverse weather policy, starting tomorrow for shifts starting between 6:52 a.m. and ending at noon. In the event employees are unable to report for work on a regular scheduled workday, or are unable to complete their work schedule because of adverse weather conditions, with approval from their supervisor, they will be granted permission to discharge annual leave, personal leave, or leave without pay at the employee’s option.

State government will remain in full operation throughout the snowstorm.

National Grid has also issued a release, warning customers of potential power outages.

"While we have mobilized additional crews and equipment resources to restore any outages as swiftly as possible, we still advise customers to be prepared for service interruptions," the release states. "It’s a good idea to have a number of working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra supply of batteries in your home."

Click here to report an outage, or call 1-800-465-1212.


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