Providence parking ban lifted, roads covered with black ice

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Many parking bans have now been lifted following the latest winter snowstorm.

The city of Providence lifted its parking ban at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Despite all of this, state police are urging drivers to stay off the roads, unless it is absolutely necessary.

Many roads, including side roads, are covered with ice and black ice.

The highways are fairly clear, but police are saying to slow down.

Rhode Island State Police tell us the storm led to more than 30 crashes throughout the state.

State police said the number of crashes has been slightly higher than normal and none of them were serious.

“A lot of trees came down and a lot of wires came down and we had a lot of roadways blocked,” said Sgt. Jeff L’Heureux.Check our Power Outage Database for updates.

A familiar scene played out in Fall River, where wires were down at the corner of Robeson and Langley Streets.

Meanwhile, Swansea police responded to a tree that came crashing to the ground.

It ripped down power lines and tore off part of a home.

The homeowner there has blamed Punxsutawney Phil for the winter weather.

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