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Winter Storm Nemo
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
Last minute errands squared away as city gets set for a weekend indoors.
A few hours before Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared a state of emergency for RI, Woonsocket residents were clearing up some last minute errands and getting ready to spend a the next few days inside. The roads were wet at 10:45 a.m., and light snow had just begun to fall, with modest traffic peppering Park Avenue and along the Park Square plaza, where people were stopping in at Dollar Tree and lifting their car's hoods to add fluids at Auto Zone. Postman Brad Spicer was making deliveries along Park Avenue at about 10:55 a.m. He said the roads were pretty good at that early hour of the storm. Spicer noted the main thing he and his fellow postal workers worry about is people keeping their stairways and walkways clear. "A little sand and salt …
Heaviest snowfall will occur between 5 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday.
Woonsocket Fire Chief Gary Lataille, the city's EMA director, reports the approaching winter storm is expected to arrive in the Woonsocket area about 9 a.m. today and last through Saturday. A blizzard watch from the National Weather Service has been upgraded to a blizzard warning for the area. Accumulation of about 1-2 inches is expected by noontime. Snowfall will intensify to 1-2 inches per hour from 2 until 5 p.m. The heaviest snow fall will occur from 5 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday. On Saturday, 2-3 inches per hour is expected, and snow fall will continue until 12 p.m. Saturday. Total accumulations are expected to range from 18”-24”. Blizzard conditions are expected during the heaviest snow fall, due to winds that will range from…
Highway Department workers spent afternoon getting plow fleet ready to roll.
With a serious winter storm hours away from the area, and the men and women of the Woonsocket DPW were wasting no time getting the city's snowplow fleet ready to clear the roads. Derrick Cabral, DPW foreman at the DPW's garage on River Street, supervised preparations Thursday afternoon as workers mounted snowplows on the highway department's 15 big trucks, and readied the othe eight 4X4s in the city's fleet. Those vehicles will team up with several contractors to keep the streets clear as the winter storm settles over northern Rhode Island. Stay tuned to our Winter Storm Information Center for the latest on the blizzard as it occurs.