Woonsocket Storm Center: Chill Settles In, Plows Continue Clearing Roads

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Editor's note: Check back here for links to storm coverage throughout the storm.

FRIDAY, Jan. 3: 

The snow is mostly done, save for a few flurries, and while main roads in Woonsocket roads are passable, the highway department is still clearing back roads in the city.

Woonsocket Det. Matt Ryan said the highway department is doing a good job of clearing the streets, but getting them all clear will take till later this afternoon as crews working long hours get some rest. 

Keeping cars off the street as plowing continues will speed up that work. Ryan said the police department has had to tow 35 cars so far to make way for snowplow crews. A parking ban went into effect at noon Thursday and remains in place.

Early this morning, the DPW's Solid Waste Division repeated a request for all residents and property owners to keep their trash bins on their property today. The department alerted residents yesterday that Friday trash and recycling pickup has been canceled:

Snowstorm Nixes Trash Pickup Friday 

As the snow tapered this morning, officials warned of extremely cold temperatures settling in for the next two days, with wind chills dipping as low as -12 degrees:

Officials Warn of Extremely Cold Temperatures Today, Saturday

Snow Winding Down; Deep Freeze Setting In

If you're braving those temperatures, experts advise bundling up in layers and protecting your ears and nose, which can quickly become frostbitten under current conditions. 

If you're braving those temperatures and have photos from the experience (likely taken from a warm location with windows), send them our way: 

Share Your 'Hercules' Snow Storm Photos

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UPDATE - 3:14 p.m.: Snowstorm Nixes Trash Pickup Friday, Holiday Delay Extends into next week The city is asking all residents to keep their carts off the street until their collection day as the storm pushes pickup delays into week of Jan. 9.

UPDATE - 2:22 p.m.: 
Woonsocket Public Schools have canceled classes for Friday as most Rhode Islanders prepare for an additional 5-9 inches overnight following today's 1-3 inches of snowfall. Snow is expected to continue through Friday at noon.

  • Beacon Charter High School is closed Friday.
  • Mount St. Charles has also canceled classes for Friday.
  • Trash pickup is canceled for Friday due to expected snowfall
  • Woonsocket Head Start and Day care is canceled for Friday
  • Seven Hills Rhode Island: Day program closed Fri for clients; Staff report as assigned.
  • ABE Adult Day Program: Closed Friday
  • Action Based Enterprises: Closed Friday
  • Hamlet Learning Ctr: Closed Friday

10 a.m.: The City of Woonsocket has announced a parking ban set to begin at noon as a snowstorm predicted to drop 6-10 inches on the area rolls in. Woonsocket Police will enforce the ban. 

Trash collection for the Wednesday route is continuing throughout the day.

Local schools and programs have also begun listing cancelations for the day:
  • YWCA Rhode Island: Closed Friday
  • RobRoy Acad-Woonsocket: No PM Classes; All campuses closed Friday
  • Viola M. Berard School: Closed Friday
  • Senior Services, Inc. Woonsocket: Closed Friday
  • Mount St. Charles classes are canceled today.
  • Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs: No Bingo
  • Discovery House-Woonsocket: Closed Friday; Bring lock boxes today
  • Beacon Charter High School: No afternoon activities.
  • Good Shepherd Region. School: No PM Daycare; No PM ActivitiesWoonsocketGtr.
  • Woonsocket Catholic Rgnl. School: No PM Daycare
  • Msgr. Gadoury Primary School: No PM Daycare

Storm Watch Issued As Snow Approaches

Snow Storm Expected to Hit Region

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  • In an emergency, dial 911
  • Police Department: 401-766-1212
  • Fire Department: 401-765-2500
  • Highway Dept.: 401-767-9286 

To report/view power outages: 

National Grid Emergency Outage Reporting Phone Number 1-800-465-1212.

Smartphone users can also text STORM to NGRID (64743) for outage alerts.

To check the status of outages in your area, visit National Grid Outage Central for Rhode Island.

Listen to NOAA radio:

Check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radio frequency here. 


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