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Snow Storm Winds Down, Friday School, Service Closures Announced

[CREDIT: Steve McAllister] A view of the after-storm conditions on Viesta Drive.
[CREDIT: Steve McAllister] A view of the after-storm conditions on Viesta Drive.
WARWICK, RI — Late Thursday night, as winds and snowfall began to decrease, the National Weather Service predicted a blustery evening, with a west wind 14 to 20 mph, and gusts as high as 41 mph, leaving the potential for power outages an unrealized possibility as of 10:30 p.m.

The National Grid Power Outage Map for Rhode Island showed only 10 reported outages affecting about 80 people throughout the state late Thursday night.

As of 7:30 p.m. RI State Police reported responding to 143 calls for service and investigated 7 minor crashes. Troopers also reported assisting 104 vehicles off the roadway and towing 18 vehicles since 6 a.m.

A number of public schools, institutions and services announced closures or delayed opens for Friday:

  • All Warwick Public Schools will be closed on Friday, Jan 5, 2018
  • West Bay CollaborativeClosed Today; All locations are closed.
  • Eleanor Briggs SchoolClosed Today
  • J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial CenterClosed Today; Res. staff report as scheduled
  • Sargent Rehabilitation Center:
  • Closed Today; All programs
  • Tides School-PawtClosed Today; Pawtucket and Warwick
  • Bishop Hendricken HSClosed Today
  • St Kevin SchoolClosed Today
  • St Peter SchoolClosed Today
  • St Rose of Lima SchoolClosed Today
  • Real Estate Institute of Rhode IslandClosed This Morning; No Morning Classes
  • Boys and Girls Club – WarwickClosed Today; Youthoop games cancelled
  • Building Blocks Child CareDelayed 1 hour, 30 minutes; Opening at 8am
  • Buttonwoods SchoolClosed Today
  • C.H.I.L.D. Inc.Closed Today
  • Clubhouse KidsFriday opening at 9am
  • Crayons Early Care and Education Ctr IncClosed Today; 1/5/2018
  • Discovery Years Learning Center1 hour delay Friday 1/5/2018; Opening at 7:30 AM
  • Greenwood Montessori SchoolClosed Today; Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Kent YMCA School’s Out-WarwickClosed Today; AM/PM OST Closed
  • Liddle Tots II TeenClosed Today
  • Lighthouse PreschoolWill be opening at 8:30am,; School age room will be open
  • Lit’l Red Hen Preschool-KGClosed Today
  • Magic Years Child CareDelayed opening @ 8:30 am; Fri 1/5; School Age care open
  • Precious Years Child CareDelayed 2 hours opening @ 8:30 am.; Friday 1/5/18.
  • Stork’s Nest Child Acad-WwkDelayed 1 hour, 30 minutes; Friday 1/5 Open at 8 a.m.
  • Tender HeartsDelayed 1 hour, 30 minutes; Open at 8:00 AM Friday
  • The Learning GardenOpening at 8:30am Friday 1/5
  • West Bay Comm Action Child Care CenterClosed Today; Holiday party is still on at 6
  • Living InnovationsClosed Today
  • West Bay Comm ActionClosed Today; Holiday party still scheduled
  • YMCA Kent CountyDelayed ; Opening at 11am Friday 1/5
  • Anchor Recovery Community CenterDelayed 1 hour; opening 9am, Pawt/Warwick
  • ubstance Use & Mental Hlth Leadership CouncilClosed Today
  • West Bay Residential ServicesDay Supports closed tomorrow 1/5/18; Office opens at 10:00am
  • Willows Adult Day ServicesDelayed 1 hour; 1hour delay Friday, January 5
  • Warwick MallMall will open at 12 noon Friday; Jan 5, 2018

For a full list of Friday cancellations and delays consult the RIBA website.

[CREDIT: WFD] Don't forget to clear nearby fire hydrants to prepare for a fire.
[CREDIT: WFD] Don’t forget to clear nearby fire hydrants to prepare for a fire.
As the storm wound down, Mayor Scott Avedisian’s office announced the following storm-related announcements:
  • All Warwick Public Schools will be closed on Friday, Jan 5, 2018:
  • The Warburton and Thayer Ice Arenas and McDermott Pool will reopen at 9am tomorrow morning.
  • Pilgrim Senior Center will reopen for their normal business hours tomorrow, but all activities and meal services are cancelled.
  • Transwick bus services have been cancelled for Friday.
  • The Warwick Public Library will reopen for their normal business hours.
  • Trash and recycling collections will resume its normal schedule. However, residents are advised that there is still a one-day collection delay due to the New Year holiday.
  • The citywide parking ban remains in effect. Cars left on the street will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • If you experience a power outage, please call the National Grid (800-322-3223), the fire department (468-4000) or the police department (468-4200) to report the outage.
  • All municipal offices will be open on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.


Rob Borkowski
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