Providence prepared to haul more snow out of city

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The capital city has been hauling snow to four locations in the city, including the Cranston Street Armory.

With the latest storm on Monday, the mountains of snow are expected to keep growing.

Providence’s Chief Operating Officer Brett Smiley says the city has been having emergency management calls all weekend, coordinating their efforts leading up to this next storm. It will be the second snowfall in just over a week, while some people continue to dig out from the first storm.

“It’s a big city and the city can’t possibly plow every sidewalk, people have to plow their own sidewalks,” Smiley said.

According to our Pinpoint Weather Team, we won’t witness blizzard-like conditions like last week, but significant accumulation is being forecast.

“We continue to have challenges with having a place to put all of the snow and so we’ve been trucking it away to a couple cites throughout the city, we’re not at capacity there yet,” Smiley said.

Schools in Providence are cancelled for Monday, a parking ban is in effect at 2 a.m. and trash pickup has been delayed by one day.

“We’ve done everything we can to make sure our plows can clear the streets, can keep up with this snow, but it’s going to be a bit of a sloppy commute tomorrow morning and we’re going to need everyone’s patience through that.”

Smiley said the decision to close school Monday came down to safety, he admitted the city didn’t feel their buses would be able to get around safely in the storm.

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