Driving conditions improve as crews work to clear roadways

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Driving Conditions Improve as Crews Work to Clear Roadways

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Pawtucket schools had a day off on Thursday while most other districts were delayed as Southern New England received another coating of snow overnight.

Much of the area saw 2-4″ inches of accumulations by dawn on Thursday, which resulted in slick driving conditions as plows worked to clear the roads.

R.I. State Police said troopers responded to more than a dozen crashes and disabled vehicles overnight. No serious injuries were reported.

Parking bans remain in effect in a handful of cities and towns and there have been a number of delays at T.F. Green Airport.

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RIPTA has also detoured several bus routes due to the weather.

Pawtucket Superintendent Patricia DiCenso said the decision to close schools was due to the city’s parking ban, which was in effect until 10 a.m.

“After meetings and conference calls about the timing of this snow fall we realized that we could not get lots clear with an earlier ban lift,” she said in a statement to Eyewitness News. “It is frustrating for all of us as we understand the burden to our families. The decision is always about safety not only for the streets and lots but also for the city sidewalks which many of our students use to travel to school.”

While not part of the district, Pawtucket’s International Charter School had a two-hour delay on Thursday.

“It’s always a complicated choice to make the decision to delay or early dismissal or to cancel,” International Charter School Director Julie Nora said. “For us, knowing that the parking ban was ending this morning and that roads were sufficiently clean, we chose to have a two-hour delay so we could at least get part of the school day in.”

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