East Providence to start towing vehicles Friday afternoon


EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Police Department issued a stern advisory to residents who do not abide by the parking ban issued due to expected blizzard conditions, stating tagging and towing of vehicles will commence as of 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, Feb. 8.

The parking ban, which began as of noon Friday, remains in effect until further notice.

In addition, the following update was issued by the East Providence Emergency Management Agency mid-afternoon Friday.

  • City of East Providence Public Safety, Department of Public Works, and Emergency Management now have storm operations underway, and will for the duration of this evening. We continue to work with the RI Emergency Management Agency and National Grid regarding the storm.
  • Weather-wise, for the Providence area...a Blizzard Warning is in effect through midday Saturday. Snow will continue to increase, and will be unusually heavy tonight through early Saturday. Northeast winds will be strong with gusts to 50-60 mph during that time period with blizzard conditions at times. Total snowfall of over 20 inches appears likely. Accumulating snow should be just about done by noon Saturday, any additional after that would be only inch or two. Expect power outages in the area tonight and Saturday. This is a very serious storm.
  • Non-essential City employees have been sent home and City Hall was closed at noon Friday.
  • Motorists are advised that conditions the afternoon commute time will be poor, and people should stay off of the roads if at all possible tonight and early Saturday.



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