National Weather Service Issues Winter Storm Warning for Rhode Island


PROVIDENCE — The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning for all of Rhode Island from 4 a.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday morning. The current prediction for snow accumulation in Rhode Island is 6 to 10 inches.

The snow is expected to begin after midnight tonight until Friday morning, with the heaviest and steadiest snowfall occurring late Thursday into the Friday morning. Snowfall may make driving difficult at times and visibility may be reduced. Motorists are reminded to drive with caution.

As of early evening, Jan. 1, the East Providence Police Department had yet to enact a parking ban for the city. To view updates on the potential ban and other closings, click here...

RIEMA will be open and monitoring weather conditions and state activities for any storm-related issues.  RIEMA will continue to receive updates from the National Weather Service and coordinate with state agencies and local emergency management directors.

RIEMA reminds everyone of winter weather preparedness tips:

  • Expect extreme cold temperatures and wind chills for Rhode Island in the next several days with temperatures well below normal.
  • Add winter blankets, warm clothes, hats, scarves, and mittens to individual emergency kits.
  • Make sure you can heat at least one room in your home even if the power or furnace is not available.
  • Add extra blankets, snow shovel, ice scraper, windshield washer fluid, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction) to your car emergency kit.
  • Make sure your car's tires have enough tread on them.
  • Fill your car's gas tank.
  • Continue to monitor TV, radio stations and social media outlets for updates to weather reports.

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