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Storm to Bring 3 to 5 Inches of Snow to RI Area

[Credit: NWS] National Weather Service precipitation forecast for Dec. 2 to 3.
UPDATE: The following storm-related delays have been reported by the RI Broadcasters Association:

  • ***Warwick Public Schools: Canceled 12-3-19/*** Confirmed by Superintendent Thornton 8:20 a.m. 
  • Kent YMCA School’s Out-Warwick: Closed Today
  • Bishop Hendricken is closed today, Tuesday, Dec. 3.
  • Johnson and Wales Univ: All Classes Cancelled Tues Dec 3//See JWU.EDU
  • Classes and activities at all CCRI campuses are delayed until 12 noon today, Dec 3

WARWICK, RI — Ahead of an expected 3 to 5 in. of snowfall, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory and Hazardous Weather Outlook effective Monday night at 7 p.m. through Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Warwick had not imposed a parking ban as of 5 p.m. Monday, and only Providence had cancelled school for Tuesday, according to the Rhode Island Broadcasters closings website.

That situation could change, depending on the severity and timing of the storm. NWS reported that the precipitation should start as a mix of rain and snow before 10 p.m. Monday before changing to snow and sleet between 10 and 11 p.m. and then to all snow overnight into Tuesday.

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Snow will continue into the morning on Tuesday before ending around noon. Wind gusts are expected to reach nearly 30 mph during the storm, the NWS reported.

T.F. Green Airport was reporting all departures and most arrivals as being on time as of 5 p.m. Monday. | Check flight delays at T.F. Green Airport

What to do in case of emergencies:

This expected storm raises the possibility of electrical outages — and a reminder of how to handle them.

First, do NOT call 911 to report a power outage.

Instead, contact National Grid at 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.

Also be sure to check batteries for radios, and charge up your cell phone in case of power loss.

By now, we’re all used to the incoming winter storm drill — here it is once again:

Emergency Alerts:

RIBA – Make sure you’re signed up for text alerts from the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association. You’ll get emergency notifications (including school closings and delays) direct to your phone or email. Check closings and delays here.

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CodeRED – The City of Warwick has instituted a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®.  The new system will distribute emergency messages via telephone to targeted areas or the entire City of Warwick. Register here.

Emergency Calls:

  • In an emergency, dial 911
  • Police Department: 401-468-4200
  • Fire Department: (401) 468-4000
  • Highway Dept./Snow removal – 401-738-2000 ext. 6518
  • Serve RI is looking for volunteers to help neighbors in need shovel out after upcoming snowfall. You can sign up here.  You can ask for their help at at 401-331-2298. For all other needs, people should call United Way-2-1-1.

Listen to NOAA radio: Check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radio frequency here.

Author: Joe Hutnak

Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large of Warwick Post. For Warwick Post-related inquiries or communications, email editorjoe.warwick@gmail.com