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Plows were busy treating and clearing roadways Saturday night


WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The snow started falling around 2 p.m. in Woonsocket and came down fast Saturday night.

At the city’s department of public works, plow after plow could be seen getting sand and salt to keep the roads clear.

“We treated with salt and it’s been effective and I think it will suppress the totals,” Steve D’Agostino said.

Northwest Rhode Island saw the brunt of this Nor’easter — something Woonsocket DPW Director Steve D’Agostino says they’re used to.

“It’s Burrillville, Woonsocket because we are on that Mass. line. We can expect a little more,” he said.

The city deployed around forty pieces of snow-removal equipment for the storm. D’Agostino said having heavy rain before the snowfall is a challenge.

“We didn’t pretreat because there was so much rain and it would have diluted the salt, you know we would have preferred a nice dry snow, a light snow. It’s easier to plow.”

D’Agostino added that the wind was also a concern. “We expect tree limbs and branches being pelted with sleet and rain.”

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