Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | February 1, 2011

Weather Update

According to the National Weather Service, Rhode Island is experiencing a staggered snow event which should end by mid-day tomorrow.

The storm will come in two distinct phases, with the first ending this evening. Snow accumulation during the day today is expected to have a moderate effect on the evening commute. Local forecasters indicate the evening commute could come during a lull between the two storms.

The second round of the storm will commence in the early morning hours and will be a mix of snow, sleet and eventually freezing rain before changing back to snow and ending around mid day.

Tomorrow’s morning commute is also expected to be impacted by the weather. State officials warn that the Providence area and north could see between a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice build up on roads, sidewalks, power lines and trees Wednesday causing downed limbs, outages and slick road ways. Employers are being encouraged to make appropriate arrangements ahead of time, being flexible about employee work schedules.

The City of Providence has implemented a parking ban beginning at noon today through 8 p.m., with the potential to extend if necessary.

RI EMA officials are once again asking us to remind the business community about the importance of clearing your drains and rooftops. Flat roofs are particularly vulnerable to accumulating snow and ice.

The Chamber will continue to work with Providence and State EMA officials in watching the storm. Check back for updates!


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