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In Depth: Best ways to prepare for impending winter storm

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — With a major winter storm expected on Thursday, many Southern New Englanders are preparing for the worst.

Snow is expected to begin falling before dawn and intensify throughout the morning and afternoon. Strong winds are also anticipated, which could create near whiteout conditions at times. Travel will likely be difficult and power outages are possible.

A Blizzard Warning has been expanded to include Bristol, Newport and Washington Counties in Rhode Island and much of southeastern Massachusetts from 1 a.m. Thursday through 1 a.m. Friday, meaning near-blizzard conditions are likely. The rest of Rhode Island is under a Winter Storm Warning, which means there is a likelihood of 6″ or more of snow accumulations.

When it comes to preparing for a winter storm, the R.I. Emergency Management Agency suggests keeping a flashlight handy with plenty of spare batteries. They also suggest having a weather radio, first aid supplies, medication and a can opener for nonperishable food items.Eyewitness News Analyst Lt. General Reginald Centracchio (ret.) was in studio Wednesday to discuss what people should be doing to prepare.

Eyewitness News Analyst, Lt. Gen. Reginald Centracchio (ret.) served as Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard from 1995 until his retirement in 2005. During his tenure, he served as Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and as Rhode Island Homeland Security Advisor – becoming the first Adjutant General to hold all three positions simultaneously.

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