Cities and towns prepare for more snow

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NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With piles of snow already on the ground and several more inches on the way, North Providence begins preparations for this week’s storm.

The streets in North Providence are clear now but it is going to a long road ahead with winter weather set to blast the area Sunday night through to Tuesday morning. North Providence mayor Charles Lombardi said that snowstorms are bad for both business and budgets.

He says the city has about 30% of its’ snow budget left and that the remaining budget has to last for the rest of the winter season. “We have a couple more [storms] left in our budget. After that, we have a problem,” the Mayor said.

The snow continues to pile high at areas around the city. Including areas near local schools.

Every storm we have had so far this winter has had a different personality to it. First the blizzard, then the dangerously icy roads and this one is going to be a marathon with potential for snowfall over the course of several days.

North Providence’s Acting Director of Public Works, Bernard Salvatore said he has complete confidence in his team’s ability to tackle this latest round of snow. “Like I’ve said, they’ve been tested, they performed really well given time. You have to give them time. It snows on all the roads all at once and we clear them one at a time.”

Mayor Lombardi also said the length of this upcoming snow makes it a little more difficult to tackle then past storms. “The problem we have with a storm like this is burnout…Trying to keep the guys safe and healthy, but they only have so much time in them when they’re plowing.”

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