PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Southern New Englanders are continuing to dig themselves out after the season’s first major snowstorm.
Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca says the region saw accumulations ranging from 6 to 13 inches, with the storm dumping a foot of snow on most communities in northern Rhode Island.
A mix of snow and sleet early Thursday morning made for slippery driving conditions and poor visibility, leading to a number of crashes and spinouts on area roadways.
Rhode Island State Police Lt. Jason Lawton tells 12 News they responded to 45 weather-related road incidents between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday, but no injuries were reported.
Most parking bans issued in several cities and towns will remain in place until Friday.
RIPTA announced Friday that almost all of their services are back to normal. Three of the routes remain detoured: Routes 29, 49 and 55.
With temperatures in the 20s Thursday night, any slush or water on the roads has turned to ice making for slick conditions on roads, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots Friday.
Rhode Island Department of Health announced COVID-19 testing sites would be closed Thursday due to the weather, but they are set to reopen Friday.
Anyone that had an appointment cancelled due to the storm can go to the site where their appointment was scheduled with their confirmation notice at any time on Friday.
As for schools, most shifted to a distance learning day Thursday in lieu of a snow day, though some districts, like New Bedford, gave students the day off.
Due to icy road conditions, Providence Public Schools opted to keep all of its students remote for Friday.