Pinpoint StormBeat: Snow showers linger; roads remain slippery

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — This latest round of wintry weather is taking its toll on commuters.

The Pinpoint Weather Team expects snow showers to linger this morning and roads to be slippery across the region, especially those that are untreated.

The MBTA ended all commuter rail service at 7 p.m. Monday and subway, trolley, and commuter rails have been suspended Tuesday. Gov. Charlie Baker called the agency’s performance during the storm “unacceptable” and said he plans to sit down with transit officials following the storm to discuss the service disruptions.

Several districts have canceled school for Tuesday, including Pawtucket, Attleboro, North Attleboro and Taunton, while many others have issued one-hour delays: PINPOINT CLOSING NETWORK: Full list of closings and parking bans »

Numerous RIPTA routes continue to be detoured, while many passengers looking to fly in and out of T.F. Green Airport were met with cancellations.

Eyewitness News Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello says the highest snowfall totals in this storm were in and around Boston, which saw up to two feet of snow. See which areas got hit the hardest in the Pinpoint Weather Blog.Latest Forecast

Lingering showers could add to the totals. The commute will be impacted by slick conditions Tuesday.

For the latest on what’s expected and when, check out the Detailed 7 Day Futurecast and the Pinpoint Weather Blog for more detail.

Closings and Cancellations

Top Headlines

  1. RIPTA has detoured several routes due to the winter weather.
  2. Gov. Baker has signed an emergency declaration in Massachusetts to help cities and towns dig out after what he termed an “unprecedented series of snowstorms.”
  3. The post-storm weather again delayed the region’s two most high-profile criminal cases. The Boston Marathon bombings trial in Boston, and the Aaron Hernandez murder trial in Fall River, will not proceed Tuesday.
  4. Courts will be closed Tuesday in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts, while Bristol, Plymouth and Worcester Counties will open at 10 a.m.
  5. Schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts have been canceled or delayed for Tuesday in response to the storm. Parking bans are also in effect for many cities and towns.
  6. Westerly found itself needing to borrow road salt from Providence over the weekend to prepare for the latest storm.
  7. RIDOT spokeswoman Rose Amoros is urging residents to use caution and also not to shovel snow into the roadways.
  8. In regards to issuing tickets for uncleared walkways, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian said Monday, “in an active storm, there are no citations. So there will be no warnings, violations or fines until after this storm ends.”

Transportation

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) anticipates several detours throughout the upcoming week due to winter weather conditions. Updates will be posted on RIPTA’s website (www.ripta.com), Facebook (@RideRIPTA) and Twitter (@RIPTA_RI), and passengers are also asked to monitor news reports.  In addition, riders are strongly urged to sign up for electronic News Updates at www.ripta.com/detours-news so they can receive emails notifying them of any service disruptions. Customers are advised to use extra caution at bus stops, as conditions may slippery. Visit RIPTA’s website for an updated list »

Cold Weather Car Tips from AAA of Southern New England

Extreme cold can be a hassle for drivers. AAA of Southern New England has tips to keep your car running smoothly.

  1. Drive your car on a regular basis. A car’s battery suffers a lot in really cold weather. When the temperatures drop to about 32 degrees, a car loses about 30% of its battery capacity. When temps drop to zero, a car could lose half its battery capacity. If you leave your car sitting in cold temperatures for two or three days it wont’ start.
  2. Keep your gas tank at least half full. This can prevent your gas line from freezing up.
  3. Avoid using your parking brake because it can freeze.
  4. Avoid cruise control on ice and slippery surfaces.
  5. Check your tires regularly. Tires tend to lose air pressure in the winter.

Tips

Dial 2-1-1 for information about shelters, heating centers, transportation, snow removal and more.

Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special health needs can sign up for the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry.

Cities & Towns

Safety Tips

The Red Cross urges residents to prepare for winter weather, emphasizing that preparing early will help avoid last minute rushing. The Red Cross recommends how families should prepare:

Stay with WPRI.com and Eyewitness News on WPRI 12 for updates during this Pinpoint Weather Alert.

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