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Slushy rain, snow mix to refreeze as temperatures drop

PINPOINT STORMBEAT (WPRI) -- After a wintry mess of a morning led to difficult travel conditions across Southern New England, things began to quiet down Wednesday afternoon.

The steadiest of the snow and rain tapered off around 4 p.m., and as temperatures drop the slushy mix is expected to refreeze, creating potentially dangerous road conditions.

A truck crash in the area of Exit 18 on I-95 North in Providence caused significant backups throughout the morning but the highway has since fully reopened.

Black ice will be a concern Wednesday night as temperatures fall. Drivers are urged to use caution, especially on untreated roads.

Plows were busy in northwestern Rhode Island, which saw the highest snow accumulations.

"People are still out and about. I think 2-3 inches, people don't get too scared anymore, so they venture out," plow driver Al Gizzarelli said. "But you know there are still accidents out on the road and people are not observant of us, which you know we are trying to help them so...don't crowd the plow."

Do you have photos and videos of the storm? Share them with us by emailing ReportIt@wpri.com.

A number of school districts had delays due to the conditions, including Warwick, Cranston and Coventry. In addition, some cities and towns have parking bans in effect.

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Transportation

RIPTA on Wednesday said Route 27 in Providence has been detoured due to the weather conditions.

Stay with WPRI.com and Eyewitness News for updates on this Pinpoint Weather Alert.

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