PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Light snow showers during the morning commute caused a slew on major roads and highways in Rhode Island. Vehicles were spinning out, causing back ups during the commute.
The biggest issue was in downtown Providence, where traffic at one point, was backed up into Warwick near the Jefferson Boulevard exit.
The good news, accidents are clearing out. But, the aftermath has snarled traffic and is causing significant delays for morning commuters.
Latest from the Pinpoint Weather Blog: A combination of icy patches and light snow is causing issues for the morning commute. Snow showers and squalls will continue on and off today. Accumulations still look minor, ranging from a coating to two inches.
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- More Tips: Winter Weather Resource Guide »
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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is reminding passengers to check RIPTA.com for updates on route detours and cancellations.
Almost all flights at T.F. Green are scheduled to depart or arrive when scheduled. Many were canceled on Monday due to the storm.
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.
- 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 won’t’ start.
- Keep your gas tank, at least, half full. This can prevent your gas line from freezing up.
- Avoid using your parking brake because it can freeze.
- Avoid cruise control on ice and slippery surfaces.
- Check your tires regularly. Tires tend to lose air pressure in the winter.
Dial 2-1-1 for information about shelters, heating centers, transportation, snow removal and more. 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. Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special health needs can sign up for the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry.
National Grid offers the following tips for customers to minimize inconvenience and maximize safety in the event that storm-related power outages occur. Check out our Power Outage Database for more information on outages.
- National Grid customers who experience an outage should call 1-800-465-1212 to expedite restoration.
- Eversource (previously Nstar) customers, report outages to 1-800-592-2000.
- For customers of the Pascoag Utility District, report at outage by calling 401-568-6222.
- Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electricity wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency response organization.
- Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s an especially good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food.
- Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
- People who depend on electricity-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s New England Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223.
More 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: 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:
- Assemble an emergency preparedness kit: This should include winter-specific supplies such as warm clothes, hats, gloves, water-resistant shoes, extra blankets, and sand or non-clumping kitty litter. Winter Emergency Supply Kit »
- Follow storm warnings: A winter storm WATCH means storm conditions are possible in the next 36-48 hours, a winter storm WARNING means that life-threatening or severe weather conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Weather Alerts »
- Prepare your home and car: Keep your gas tank full to keep the fuel line from freezing and make sure your home is properly insulated.
- Use technology: Free apps can give real-time information to help you prepare. WPRI 12 Free Apps: Download Pinpoint Weather App | Download WPRI 12 Eyewitness News App
- Health Department: Those with special health care needs can enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry by clicking here. Those without access to a computer can call 2-1-1.
- Be Storm Ready: WPRI.com Storm Ready Resource Guide »
Stay with WPRI.com and Eyewitness News for updates during this Weather Alert.