PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A winter storm is moving across our area Saturday night bringing accumulating snow and later rain.
And while not a huge storm, the below freezing temperatures are helping that snow stick to roadways.
Driving conditions quickly diminished as the snow came down. Alejandro Rivera tells Eyewitness News, his car slipped when he was driving for just a few minutes.
“There was only a slip when I was turning coming out of Cumberland Farms, but it was because of the slush. Sometimes when it’s coming down this fast I feel like it’s pointless to plow because it’s just gonna get right back up on the roads,” he said
Plow driver Michael Buckett said the places he needs to plow can’t wait.
“We have some sensitive properties, nursing homes and some schools that have some events, so I’m gonna go out and do some pretreating and just try to keep the businesses open during the storm. So there’s some good size companies that depend on us to make sure things stay safe,” Bucket said.
As the snow switches to rain overnight it could create some slushy conditions.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says several hundred trucks will be treating and plowing state roadways this weekend.
They’re reminding motorists to reduce speed and don’t crowd the plow trucks. And if you don’t have to be out, stay off the roads during the height of the storm.
If you’re traveling by air this weekend you’ll want to check your flight status before heading to the airport. This same storm system delayed and canceled several flights to T.F. Green Airport and Logan International Airport Saturday night.